The Passing Away of the “Big Crocodile”

I repeat here what I wrote in my article, Snippets from South Africa: June 2006:

"Having seen it, I am not at all surprised that the SABC refused to screen it! It shows P.W. at 90 years of age is as sharp as ever. And he does not hesitate to condemn the disaster of ANC rule, and to call a spade a spade. He mentions the part played by the United States in helping to bring about SA's downfall. He calls the terrorists just that – terrorists. Not "freedom fighters" as the ANC would want us all to believe. He mentions that Nelson Mandela, at his trial, made it clear that he was a Communist. He rejects the stupid notion of SA being a ‘rainbow nation'.

"Watching it brought back nostalgic memories of another South Africa, one that disappeared not that long ago, but which, for those of us living here, seems a lifetime ago now: of a happier, better, safer South Africa; of a South Africa governed by men of integrity and principle, men who governed the country, not as their own personal fiefdom (unlike our present rulers), but for the general well-being of the country as a whole."

The interview is highly recommended. It can be purchased from: www.pwbotha.com

When P.W. passed away, the ANC was very quick to attempt to gain the moral high ground, by sending condolences to his family. "The ANC wishes [P.W.’s] family strength and comfort at this difficult time," it said. Not only that, but President Thabo Mbeki instructed that the South African flag would fly at half-mast at all government buildings until the evening of the day of the funeral, after an offer by the ANC of a state funeral for P.W. was declined by his family! It would indeed be extremely foolish to be taken in by these hypocritical expressions of sorrow and respect! The offer of a state funeral was made by Frank Chikane, the director-general in the presidency. At one time Chikane, a Pentecostal minister and ANC-supporting political activist who played a major role in whipping up the support of the liberal "churches" for the ANC via the preaching of "liberation theology" (religious Communism), had been a target of the security forces. Now riding the wave of power under an ANC government, he, like a true politician, was looking to score points by visiting P.W.'s family and making the offer of a state funeral.

P.W.'s widow, Barbara, said that her husband did not want a state funeral. "He was not a man who looked for honour and glory," she said. Doubtless, P.W. would not have wanted a state funeral under an ANC government anyway! To be supposedly honoured in his death by the very Communists he fought so hard to keep out of power – it is unimaginable to think that he would want that.

Tributes, condolences and reminiscences naturally started to flow, as always happens at the death of a public figure. Nelson Mandela, who was in jail when P.W. was in power, said that his death should serve as a reminder of SA's "horribly divided past", but it should also serve to remind South Africans of how citizens of all persuasions ultimately came together to "save" the country from "destruction". What a load of nonsense! But typical Mandela-speak. The country was not in any sense "saved from destruction" when the ANC came to power – quite the opposite. Under P.W., and despite international sanctions and internal terrorism, SA was prospering. Today, under the ANC's misrule, it is falling apart. It is being destroyed.

Mandela also said, "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." What peacefully negotiated settlement? Tens of thousands of people died as a result, not of the State security forces trying to maintain law and order, but of the ANC's terrorism! The "negotiations" took place against a backdrop of constant ANC violence and intimidation and terrorism.

When Mandela was still in prison, P.W. offered to release him if he would renounce violence. In 1988 he said, "As soon as he [Mandela] renounces violence and undertakes not to start violence in South Africa, government will release him." This was a mistake on P.W.'s part. He should not even have made the offer. Mandela was in prison for life and there he should have stayed. But as it turned out, Mandela was not prepared to renounce violence as a way of achieving his goals, and so P.W. did not release him. It was only under F.W. de Klerk that Mandela was released. And it was all downhill from there.

President Thabo Mbeki expressed "heartfelt condolences" to the Botha family. He said, "Mr Botha took over the reins of government at a difficult time in the history of our country." Indeed he did – and the "difficult time" he had in running the country was precisely because the ANC, and Mbeki himself, had called for the country to be made ungovernable! Again let it be said: P.W. Botha did an amazing job of defending SA against its enemies. The world was against him, yet he did it.

Mbeki went on: "It stands to his credit that when he realised the futility of fighting against what was right and inevitable, he, in his own way, realised that South Africans had no alternative but to reach out to one another." P.W. did not think it was futile to fight against SA's enemies! He was all for continuing with the fight! Nor was the ANC's cause right, and nor was the result – an ANC victory – inevitable. It only became inevitable when P.W. was removed and F.W. de Klerk took over.