But can the opposite be true? History has not only given us an abundance of fallen champions from Stalin to Fidel Castro to Robert Mugabe. But folks the likes of Oskar Schindler who saved over 1000 Jews during the Holocaust are hard to come by. And if one can swim against their tyrannical grain was Pik Botha one of them?
This pertinent argument raged on social media from last Friday morning when the former minister of foreign affairs, known as Pik, died in his Pretoria home.
The general consensus was that he, as the rest of the apartheid machine’s apparatus, should be thrown into a hole and forgotten as soon as possible.
But then the better heeled (and read) among us were quick to reference his dual role both as a foreign minister for the Nats and the ANC under Mandela. Surely his work under Mandela cannot and would not wipe his bloody slate clean from all the operations that were run in and around Southern Africa during the so-called Bush/Border War against the MK and Swapo operatives. But they cannot be ignored either.