P. W. Botha

1916 - 2006

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Pieter Willem Botha, (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈpitər ˈvələm ˈbuəta]; 12 January 1916 – 31 October 2006), commonly known as P. W. and Afrikaans: Die Groot Krokodil (The Big Crocodile), 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 outspoken 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 1,214,750 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). P. W. Botha is the 2,620th most popular politician (up from 2,637th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 16th in 2019) and the 6th 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 2,620 out of 15,710Before him are Nicola Amati, Zhao Gao, Robert IV of Sablé, Abdurrahman Wahid, Huneric, and Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este. After him are Sigebert I, Henry the Young King, Fritigern, Michal, Emund the Old, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands.

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Among people born in 1916, P. W. Botha ranks 27Before him are Robert McNamara, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Camilo José Cela, C. Wright Mills, Alexander Prokhorov, and Peter Finch. After him are Paul Keres, Peter Weiss, Vitaly Ginzburg, Virginia Satir, Marcel Cerdan, and Bernard Lewis. Among people deceased in 2006, P. W. Botha ranks 35Before him are Johannes Rau, Lennart Meri, Muriel Spark, Jack Palance, Steve Irwin, and Telmo Zarra. After him are Markus Wolf, Melvin Schwartz, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Bülent Ecevit, Alida Valli, and Anna Politkovskaya.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, P. W. Botha ranks 17 out of 312Before him are Desmond Tutu (1931), Miriam Makeba (1932), Charlize Theron (1975), Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), and Jacob Zuma (1942). After him are Max Theiler (1899), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), Jan Smuts (1870), Sydney Brenner (1927), and Steve Biko (1946).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, P. W. Botha ranks 6Before him are Shaka (1787), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), and Jacob Zuma (1942). After him are Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), Jan Smuts (1870), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), D. F. Malan (1874), and Abba Eban (1915).