Quotes: PW 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."
From his National Party Congress Speech, 15 August 1985.

"You could not claim for yourself that which you were not prepared to grant others."
President PW Botha, as quoted in A Treasury of Quotations, Lennox-Short and Lee, Donker 1991, p203.

"The security and happiness of all minority groups in South Africa depends on the Afrikaner."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p11.

"I am one of those who believe that there is no permanent home for even a section of the Bantu in the white area of South Africa and the destiny of South Africa depends on this essential point. If the principle of permanent residence for the black man in the area of the white is accepted then it is the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it in this country."
Speaking to parliament in 1964 as Minister for Coloured Affairs, as quoted in The Guardian 7 February 2006.

"Most blacks are happy, except those who have had other ideas pushed into their ears."
President PW Botha 1978, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p53.

"The people who are opposing the policy of apartheid have not the courage of their convictions. They do not marry non-Europeans."
President PW Botha 1948, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p251.

"The free world wants to feed South Africa to the Red Crocodile [communism], to appease its hunger."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p90.

"Our history is responsible for the differences in the South African way of life."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p183.

"Because you could not translate the word apartheid into the more universal language of English, the wrong connotation was given to it."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p22.

"I am sick and tired of the hollow parrot-cry of “Apartheid!” I’ve said many times that the word “Apartheid” means good neighbourliness."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Country of My Skull, Antjie Krog, Random House, p270.

"If the principle of permanent residence for the Black man in the area of the White is accepted, then it is the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it in this country."
President PW Botha 1964, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p207.

"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."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p244.

"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."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p11.

"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."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Country of My Skull, Antjie Krog, Random House, p270.

"I never have the nagging doubt of wondering whether perhaps I am wrong."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p285.

"Adapt or die."
From his speech to parliament, October 1979.

"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."
President PW Botha, as quoted in Dictionary of South African Quotations, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Penguin Books 1994, p441.

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