Moeletsi Mbeki remembers longtime friend Pik Botha
JOHANNESBURG - Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki says his longtime friend Pik Botha should be remembered for his work during negotiations to solve the problems of the apartheid era.
Former colleagues, friends and political parties have paid tribute to the former foreign affairs minister who served under three apartheid presidents before serving in Nelson Mandela's Cabinet.
He died at a Pretoria hospital on Thursday at the of 86.
Mbeki says he's saddened by Botha's passing.
“We were friends and in fact, I went to visit him on Tuesday this week. So, I guess historians and experts on judgement will pass their judgement but it’s not for me to pass judgment on him.”
WATCH: The life of Pik Botha
An apartheid-era minister, Botha is seen by some as having been more liberal than his National Party (NP) colleagues.
In 1986, he stunned many and invoked the ire of his party for saying it was possible that South Africa could one day be ruled by a black president.
Still, many believe there's little to celebrate about his legacy.