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Pieter Willem Botha

Fecha de nacimiento: 12. Enero 1916
Fecha de muerte: 31. Octubre 2006

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Pieter Willem Botha, [1]​ conocido comúnmente como "P.W." o "die groot krokodil" fue Primer Ministro de Sudáfrica desde 1978 a 1984 y Presidente del estado de 1984 a 1989.

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Frases Pieter Willem Botha

„South Africa is not a jellyfish and is in many respects a swordfish.“

— P. W. Botha
Speaking to the House of Assembly on 28 April 1986, as cited by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, 5 November 2006

„We dare not see ourselves as a chosen people. We are called people - called to a particular task, just as every nation is a called people.“

— P. W. Botha
As prime minister, on a Day of the Covenant rally in Hartenbosch, 16 December 1983, as cited in PW Botha in his own words, Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, p. 29

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„I am tired of constantly hearing how guilty the Afrikaner and the National Party are and the time has come that this myth be crushed.“

— P. W. Botha
As state president, at the annual conference of the Afrikaner Studentebond, Stellenbosch, 15 April 1985, as cited in PW Botha in his own words, Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, p. 32

„Our history is responsible for the differences in the South African way of life.“

— P. W. Botha
As cited in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p. 183

„We are a strong country in a rather sick world. … Our problems are not so much racial as radicals wish to make them.“

— P. W. Botha
As Prime Minister in a Business Week interview, USA, 4 April 1982, as cited in the Sunday Express, and Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, PW Botha in his own words, p. 15, 41

„Nelson Mandela can rot in prison until he dies or I die, whichever takes longer.“

— P. W. Botha
Reportedly to Cape Town journalists in February 1987, though later denied. As cited by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, 5 November 2006

„Mandela has overstepped the mark. He has broken the law. The judiciary of this country has put him where he belongs according to the rules of democracy.“

— P. W. Botha
As Prime Minister at a National Party meeting in Stellenbosch, 10 April 1980, as cited in PW Botha in his own words, Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, p. 85

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„We do not force people to move to new homes, we coerce them. [Some believe he meant to say "convince"]“

— P. W. Botha
Press conference in Switzerland on 2 June 1984, as cited by Andrew Donaldson, Sunday Times, 5 November 2006

„Unfortunately [South Africa] has been badly repaid for her loyalty because the West has expelled her from the family circle while befriending the most dictatorial regimes on Earth.“

— P. W. Botha
As state president in an interview with Figaro, Paris, 8 December 1986, as cited in The Star, and Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, PW Botha in his own words, p. 41

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„The Cubans are not in Africa out of love.“

— P. W. Botha
As Minister of Defence, 22 January 1978, Beeld

„You could not claim for yourself that which you were not prepared to grant others.“

— P. W. Botha
As quoted in A Treasury of Quotations, Lennox-Short and Lee, Donker, 1991, p. 203

„We do not know what tomorrow will bring. We are not prophets. This is a step in the dark. We can only proceed into the future with faith.“

— P. W. Botha
As prime minister, introducing the 4th Amendment to the Constitution Bill, 23 May 1980, which envisaged a tricameral corporate federation. Cited in The Star, and Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, PW Botha in his own words, p. 27

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