South Africa's former State President, P.W. Botha, died on October 31, 2006, at the age of 90. He passed away peacefully at his home in the Western Cape province.
The South Africa of today is a very, very different place from the one which P.W. governed in the 1980s. It has become the Communist state which he fought so hard to prevent. He governed South Africa through some of its most turbulent years, through the last decade of white rule, when international pressure escalated as never before, and under the circumstances he did an excellent job. This country was at war with the African National Congress terrorist organisation of Nelson Mandela, and Botha was determined not to unleash the Communist bear on the country. For his stance he was betrayed, and essentially removed from office by an internal coup within his own National Party, which saw him retire from politics as the reformist F.W. de Klerk came to power and "negotiated" the surrender of SA into the hands of its enemies. He was vilified by the world during his life, and this will continue now that he is dead. But SA under his strong leadership was a better place, and, unlike his gloating enemies but in company with conservative South Africans, we mourn his passing.
Who was P.W. Botha?
His nickname of "P.W." stood for Pieter Willem. Later in life he also came to be known as "die Groot Krokodil" in Afrikaans, meaning "the Big Crocodile." He was born on January 12, 1916. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the town of George in the landslide that brought the National Party (NP) to power in 1948. He was appointed Deputy Minister of the Interior in 1958, and later became SA's Minister of Defence. And it was in this capacity in particular that he will be well remembered, for under him, SA's defence force was built up to an even greater strength than it had been before. It was, beyond all doubt, the most powerful military force in Africa, and arguably the fifth best in the world. No mean achievement, given SA's international isolation. And to a large extent this was the achievement of P.W. Botha.
In 1978 he became Prime Minister, and he remained so for six years. During this time he began to dismantle much of the "apartheid" legislation. He brought in a new constitutional dispensation with him becoming State President, and which enfranchised South African Indians and Coloureds in their own parliaments. Botha was slowly making changes to the country's political landscape. He was prepared to dismantle the "apartheid" laws, but one thing he was not prepared to do – unban the ANC and the SA Communist Party. In this he was absolutely correct. These two terrorist organisations, so closely intertwined, had been banned many years before, and rightly so. Botha refused to unban them. Imagine what a different place SA would be today, if they had never been unbanned! In 1985 he said, "I am not prepared to lead white South Africans and other minority groups on a road to abdication and suicide." Botha would not unleash the Communist terrorists onto the people of this land. And for this he paid the price:
In a rebellion in his own cabinet in 1989, carried out by men who wanted to cave in to the pressure and unban the terrorist organisations, and start "negotiations" with them, P.W. Botha was toppled. F.W. de Klerk became president – a man who unbanned the ANC, released terrorists from prison (including Nelson Mandela), and began the process that culminated, five years later, in the massively rigged elections that brought the ANC to power.
When the ANC established the farcical "Truth Commission", under the leadership of the "Red bishop", Desmond Tutu, P.W. Botha was summoned to appear before it; but he refused to do so, calling it a "circus." That's exactly what it was. Far from being a neutral, unbiased commission, it was an inquisition, a witchhunt designed to exonerate the Communist terrorists now in power and to demonise the previous white government, the security forces which protected the country so well against terrorism, and whites in general. In its final report, predictably, the "Tutu Commission" blamed P.W. for much of the horrors of the last decade of white rule. In doing this, it deliberately took the eyes of the world off the true perpetrators of those horrors – the predominantly black Marxist terrorists of the African National Congress, the SA Communist Party, the Pan Africanist Congress, etc. South Africa was at war! A war for its very survival. And under P.W. Botha, the State security forces fought back with all their considerable might, as indeed was their duty to do, to defend all the citizens – white and black – of this country. The horrors of the last decade of white rule were the horrors committed by the wicked, Red, murdering terrorists of the ANC and other such organisations. They were "necklacing" innocent people, they were using terror, intimidation, violence, sabotage, etc., against whites, and against moderate anti-Communist blacks. The State had every right to squash this threat with all the might at its disposal. And it did. And what a great job it did! There was in fact no possible way for the ANC to ever come to power in SA by defeating the security forces. It could not be done. They were just too powerful – thanks in great measure to P.W. Botha's leadership. The only way for the ANC to take power was for sell-outs within the National Party to enter into "negotiations" with the ANC and surrender the country piecemeal into their hands, and then finally to hold a massively-rigged election.
Some months ago, P.W. agreed to give two interviews, one in English and one in Afrikaans, for the first time in a decade, at the age of 90. The plan was to use the interviews on national television, given their historical value. The interviews were duly recorded, but all the TV stations in South Africa found "excuses" not to screen them! It must be understood that the State broadcasting corporation is now the propaganda voice of the ANC – and P.W. had made comments during the interviews that would be embarrassing to the ANC leadership. He spoke forthrightly and clearly, and pulled no punches. The producers refused to be subject to this kind of censorship, and decided to make DVD and video copies available directly to the public. It is well worth obtaining a copy.