South Africa ’ s apartheid – era ex – Foreign Affairs Minister , Pik Botha , who was known for trying to get his party to accept broader political rights for black South Africans , has died, his son , Roelof Botha , said on Friday .He told a local television channel ,
eNCA , “ My dad passed away in the early hours of the morning at his home . He was 86 years old .
“ I think the contribution that he made to lasting peace in this country is something recognised . ”
Botha served under two National Party presidents , BJ Vorster and PW Botha and his greatest diplomatic achievement was negotiating independence for Namibia , then under South African rule .
After the end of apartheid , Botha served as minister of mineral and energy affairs in the goverment of Nelson Mandela , the country ’ s first democratically elected president .
Botha was born on April 27 , 1932 .
He was considered a liberal but the bulk of his career was spent defending South Africa ’ s apartheid system of racial segregation against foreign criticism .