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PW Botha

Pieter Willem Botha

Nickname: 'Die Groot Krokodil'

First State President of South Africa (1984-1989)

Born 12-01-1916

Deceased 31-10-2006 (90 years old)

Pieter Willem Botha, commonly known as PW and Die Groot Krokodil (Afrikaans for "The Big Crocodile"), was the prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president, from 1984 to 1989.

Professional details

Previous Position(s)

Minister | Defence, Government of National Unity | Government of Swaziland
1966 - 1980

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Minister | Community Development and Coloured Affairs | Government of South Africa
1961 - 1963

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Deputy Minister | Interior SA Government | Government of Swaziland
1958 - 1960

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Member of Parliament | George
1948 - 1984

Educational history




The Grand Collar in the Special Class of the Order of Good Hope

Honorary Doctorate in Administration | UP

Elected Chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch

'Old Kovsie' | Old Kovsie Union of the University of the Free State

Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy

University of the Free State

The Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon | The Republic of China

Star of South Africa

Decoration for Meritorious Service | State President

Honorary Degree in Military Science | University of Stellenbosch

The Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ | Portugal

Received decorations | Paraguay, and an African State

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