Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Only Crocodile Tears for the Groot Krokodil
Whilst extending condolences to his family, it's difficult to have sympathy for PW Botha through the later years of his life, given his complete lack of any hint of remorse about the violent excesses he presided over. He refused to take any responsibility for his actions in the oppression of the majority of our population, denied any appearance in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and remained a bitter soul until he took his last breath.

Being the last true apartheid president however, it closes a significant door on our history. Farewell Groot Krokodil, but few tears.