Sandra Botha

Sandra Botha

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Celia-Sandra Botha is a South African politician, who serves as South Africa's Ambassador to the Czech Republic. She is the former Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, on behalf of the Democratic Alliance and its leader, Helen Zille. She announced her intention to step down from the position after the South African general election, 2009, to become an ambassador.

Early life and career

Born to an Afrikaner farming family in Viljoenskroon, Free State, as early as the 1960s, Botha convinced local farmers to employ a social worker to service the needs of the rural black families. She also held talks with the Citrus Board for further winter aid for farmworkers.

Having matriculated from Parys High School, Botha went on to complete a year in New York with the aid of a scholarship. Later she obtained a BA degree in economics at Stellenbosch University.

She is married to farmer and former MP Andries Johannes Botha and the couple have five children and five grandchildren. Botha embarked on a Sesotho and linguistics degree at UNISA.

Botha also became heavily involved in the anti-apartheid movement. With Helen Zille, Botha was a part of the Black Sash movement.

She is not related to any of the other (pro-apartheid) political Bothas of South Africa, including P.W. Botha or Pik Botha.

Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly

In May 2007, Sandra Botha was elected by the Democratic Alliance as their representative and...
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