Anna Elizabeth Botha

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Anna Elizabeth Botha
First Lady of South Africa
In office
3 September 1984 – 15 August 1989
Preceded by Dorothea Viljoen
Succeeded by Marike de Klerk
Personal details
Born (1922-06-05)5 June 1922
South Africa
Died 6 June 1997(1997-06-06) (aged 75)
Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Pieter Willem Botha (1943–1997)
Children 5

Anna Elizabeth Botha 1922 - 1997, born on May 6, 1922 as Anna Elizabeth Rossouw, was the First Lady of South Africa, as the wife of State President Pieter Willem Botha, from 1984 to 1989. From 1978 to 1984 Mr Botha served as Prime Minister of South Africa.

Mr. Botha married Anna Elizabeth Rossouw on 13 March 1943. She went by the name Elize, and was the daughter of a pastor from Senekal, Dr SH Roussouw.[1] They had two sons, Rossouw and Pieter Willem, and three daughters, Elanza, Amelia and Rozanne.[2]

Elize Botha had stayed quietly in the background as the First Lady of South Africa. She earned admiration from President Nelson Mandela for helping to arrange a luncheon that Mandela and widows of apartheid-era leaders attended.[3]

She died on 6 June 1997 of a heart attack at the age of 75. She had suffered an aneurysm in 1978 but had been in good health since then.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boddy-Evans, Alistair. "Biography of PW Botha, Apartheid Era President". African History. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gregory, Joseph R. (1 November 2006). "P. W. Botha, Defender of Apartheid, Is Dead at 90". New York Times. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Obituaries". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 9 June 1997. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Obituaries". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 9 June 1997. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "ANNA BOTHA". Who's Who Southern Africa. Retrieved 23 August 2012.