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P. W. Botha
DMS
State President of South Africa
In office
3 September 1984 (1984-09-03) – 15 August 1989 (1989-08-15)
Acting until 14 September 1984
Preceded by Marais Viljoen
Non-Executive
Succeeded by Frederik Willem de Klerk
Prime Minister of South Africa
In office
9 October 1978 (1978-10-09) – 14 September 1984 (1984-09-14)
President Marais Viljoen
Balthazar Johannes Vorster
Marais Viljoen
Preceded by Balthazar Johannes Vorster
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born Pieter Willem Botha
12 January 1916(1916-01-12)
Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, Union of South Africa
Died 31 October 2006(2006-10-31) (aged 90)
Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Elize Botha
(1943-1997) (her death)
Barbara Robertson
(1998-2006) (his death)
Children Rossouw, Pieter Willem, Elanza, Amelia, Rozanne
Profession Politician
Religion Dutch Reformed

Pieter Willem Botha (2 January 1916 – 31 October 2006) was a South African politician. He served from 1978 to 1989. He was the last Prime Minister of the country, to 1984, when the office was abolished. After that he served as the first State President. He is commonly known as P.W. Botha, and often called Die Groot Krokodil (which translates to The Great Crocodile). When he was first elected to parliament in 1948, he was against black majority rule. In 1992, there was a referendum, whether black majority rule should be introduced. In that referendum, Botha campaigned for the No vote. In 2006, Botha died of a heart attack, aged 90.