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African politician

South AfricanBorn Pieter Willem BOTHA

First executive State President of South Africa

Born on January 12, 1916 in Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, Union Of South Africa

Died on October 31, 2006 in Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa

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Pieter Willem Botha was born on a farm in the Paul Roux district of the Orange Free State Province, the son of Afrikaner parents. His father, Pieter Willem Botha Sr., fought as a commando against the British in the Second Boer War. His mother, Hendrina Christina Botha (born de Wet), was interned in a British concentration camp during the war.

Botha initially attended the Paul Roux School and matriculated from Voortrekker Secondary School in Bethlehem, South Africa. In 1934, he entered the Grey University College (now the University of the Free State) in Bloemfontein to study law, but left early at the age of twenty in order to pursue a career in politics.


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