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P. W. Botha

1916 - 2006

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Pieter Willem Botha, (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈpitər ˈvələm ˈbuəta]; 12 January 1916 – 31 October 2006) was a South African politician. He served as the last prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president of South Africa from 1984 to 1989. First elected to Parliament in 1948, Botha was an opponent of black majority rule and international communism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of P. W. Botha has received more than 1,727,550 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 50 in 2019). P. W. Botha is the 3,442nd most popular politician (down from 2,615th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 17th in 2019) and the 7th most popular South African Politician.

P. W. Botha was a South African politician who served as the country's prime minister from 1978 to 1989. He is most famous for his role in the apartheid system, which he oversaw as prime minister.

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Among politicians, P. W. Botha ranks 3,442 out of 15,577Before him are Servilia, Hans Lammers, Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Maria Pia of Savoy, Muhammad I of Córdoba, and Lê Duẩn. After him are Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, Tutush I, Emperor Tenji, Bruno Kreisky, Jill Biden, and Kyösti Kallio.

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Among people born in 1916, P. W. Botha ranks 44Before him are Raf Vallone, Alexander Prokhorov, Robert F. Furchgott, Paul Keres, Sune Bergström, and Masaki Kobayashi. After him are Dino Risi, Maria Altmann, Michael Gough, Jacque Fresco, Ephraim Katzir, and Peter Finch. Among people deceased in 2006, P. W. Botha ranks 44Before him are Shelley Winters, Bülent Ecevit, Nam June Paik, Melvin Schwartz, Alida Valli, and Telmo Zarra. After him are Robert Bruce Merrifield, Zoia Ceaușescu, Shohei Imamura, Raymond Davis Jr., Mariska Veres, and Romano Mussolini.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, P. W. Botha ranks 19 out of 374Before him are Jacob Zuma (1942), Max Theiler (1899), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Paul Kruger (1825), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), and Allan MacLeod Cormack (1924). After him are Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Jody Scheckter (1950), Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1761), Sydney Brenner (1927), Michael Levitt (1947), and Steve Biko (1946).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, P. W. Botha ranks 7Before him are Shaka (1787), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Jacob Zuma (1942), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Paul Kruger (1825), and Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942). After him are Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Jan Smuts (1870), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), D. F. Malan (1874), Abba Eban (1915), and Kgalema Motlanthe (1949).