PW Botha, apartheid leader, dead at 90
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Botha led the country first as Prime Minister, then as President, from 1978 until 1989 when a stroke forced him from office.
He presided over a State of Emergency in an attempt to suppress the growing resistance movement to give South Africa's black majority the vote but also introduced some reforms in an attempt to satisfy critics.
"While to many Mr Botha will remain a symbol of apartheid, we also remember him for the steps he took to pave the way towards the eventual peacefully negotiated settlement in our country," said Mandela in a statement.
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