Pieter Willem Botha Quotes

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

Pieter Willem Botha

The white people who came here lived at a very much higher standard than the indigenous peoples, and with a very rich tradition which they brought with them from Europe.

Pieter Willem Botha

I never have the nagging doubt of wondering whether perhaps I am wrong.

Pieter Willem Botha

Half a century ago in this court I was sworn in as the Member of Parliament for George. And here I am today I am not better than General De Wet. I am not better than President Steyn. Like them I stand firm in my principles. I can do no different. So help me God.

Pieter Willem Botha

The idea of an Afrikaner people as a cultural entity and religious group with a special language will be retained in South Africa as long as civilisation stands.

Pieter Willem Botha

I am not against the provision of the necessary medical assistance to Coloured and natives, because, unless they receive that medical aid, they become a source of danger to the European community.

Pieter Willem Botha

I am sick and tired of the hollow parrot-cry of Apartheid! Ive said many times that the word Apartheid means good neighbourliness.

Pieter Willem Botha

Because you could not translate the word apartheid into the more universal language of English, the wrong connotation was given to it.

Pieter Willem Botha

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

Pieter Willem Botha

The free world wants to feed South Africa to the Red Crocodile [communism], to appease its hunger.

Pieter Willem Botha

Most blacks are happy, except those who have had other ideas pushed into their ears.

Pieter Willem Botha

I want to warn young people who lend their ears to radicals and who play around with the music from Lusaka - they will end up inside the bear's fur coat, but they will no longer be able to live.

Pieter Willem Botha

I believe we are today crossing the Rubicon, Mr Chairman. In South Africa there can be no turning back. I have a manifesto for the future of our country and we must engage in positive action in the months and years that lie ahead.

Pieter Willem Botha

There is only one element that can break the Afrikaner ... and that is the Afrikaner himself.

Pieter Willem Botha

The security and happiness of all minority groups in South Africa depend on the Afrikaner. Whether they are English- or German- or Portuguese- or Italian-speaking, or even Jewish-speaking, makes no difference.

Pieter Willem Botha

The acceptance of vertical differentiation with the built-in principle of self-determination must apply on as many levels as possible.

Pieter Willem Botha

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