List of heads of state of Bophuthatswana

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Republic of Bophuthatswana (red) within South Africa.
Coat of arms of the Republic of Bophuthatswana

The following is a list of heads of state of Bophuthatswana, since the establishment of self-government in 1968.


(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
December 1968 to 1 April 1971 Lucas Mangope, Chief Councillor
1 April 1971 to 1 June 1972 Lucas Mangope, Chief Councillor BNP
Bophuthatswana (Self-rule)
1 June 1972 to 6 December 1977 Lucas Mangope, Chief Minister BNP/BDP
Republic of Bophuthatswana (Independent)
6 December 1977 to 13 March 1994 Lucas Mangope, President BDP/CDP Forced to flee during the 1994 crisis
(10 February 1988) (Hours) Rocky Malebane-Metsing, President PPP/Mil In rebellion
13 March 1994 to 26 April 1994 Tjaart van der Walt, Administrator
Job Mokgoro, Administrator
26 April 1994 Bophuthatswana re-integrated into South Africa

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