Pieter Willem Botha

Pieter Willem Botha

Born: January 12, 1916

Died: October 31, 2006

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Biography: Pieter Willem Botha, DMS, commonly known as P. W. and Die Groot Krokodil, was the prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president from 1984 to 1989.

Source/Notes: As quoted in A Treasury of Quotations, Lennox-Short and Lee, Donker 1991, p203.
Source/Notes: Speaking to the House of Assembly on April 17, 1978, as quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.
Source/Notes: Addressing the Transvaal NP Congress on September 18, 1979, as quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.
Pieter Willem Botha

“Adapt or die.”

- Pieter Willem Botha

Source/Notes: From his speech to parliament, October 1979.

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Source/Notes: Speaking to the House of Assembly on January 28, 1981, as quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.
Source/Notes: Explaining why cinemas were not open to all races, House of Assembly, April 21, 1983, as quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.
Source/Notes: Speaking to the House of Assembly on April 26, 1984. Excerpt from a quote by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.
Source/Notes: Press conference in Switzerland on June 2, 1984, as quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.

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Source/Notes: Speaking to the House of Assembly on April 28, 1986, as quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.
Source/Notes: Reportedly to Cape Town journalists in February 1987, though later denied. As quoted by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, November 5, 2006.