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Sandra Botha


South Africa Ambassador to Czech Republic
In office
June 2009-

In office
2007-2009

In office
2004-2009

Born 25 February 1945
Free State
Political party Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s) Andries Botha

Celia-Sandra Botha is a South African politician, and 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.[1].

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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 Secondary 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 later married Cornelius Andries Botha and the couple would have four children. Shortly after getting divorced, 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 official Leader of the Opposition. Botha gained a majority over former NP cabinet minister, Tertius Delport.

Since being elected, Botha has challenged the government on many issues. In particular, Botha was vocal about her dissatisfaction following a scandal where four white doctors in the Western Cape fled overseas. South Africa's controversial affirmative action policies had prevented them from working in government hospitals, despite a shortage of doctors and many vacancies in the province. Botha has also called for a major overhaul of the education system.

References

  1. ^ Surgery delays MP’s new job The Times. 8 April 2009
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Notes

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