South Africa's new Prime Minister, Pieter Botha, arrived in Pretoria, the country's administrative capital, on Saturday (30 September).
South Africa's new Prime Minister, Pieter Botha, arrived in Pretoria, the country's administrative capital, on Saturday (30 September). Speaking to a crowd at the airport he said that south Africa is an important part of the free world and the fight against Marxism and terrorism. The former Defence Minister, who was elected last week (28 September) succeeding Mr. John Vorster, is considered a hard-liner and has already said South Africa will go it alone on the question of Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: Also among the arrivals at Waterkloof Air Base, war Foreign Minister Pik Botha -- one of the contenders for the position of Prime Minister.
But it was Pieter Botha who won the election -- the first in twenty years. He has retained the Defence portfolio and has not introduced any changes in South African cabinet. The new Prime Minister is expected to take a tough stand on international and defence matters. He addressed a group of young people at the air base, about south Africa's place in the world.