PW Botha speech is hoax says Sunday Times

  P W Botha Speech is a hoax email: Sunday Times

In the following correspondence, the Sunday Times of Johannesburg undertakes to reinstate the link where they distance themselves from a hoax-email containing horrific hate-speech, allegedly by the late SA president P W Botha – but which reported speech was a complete hoax… it was NEVER said by P W Botha.

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Susan Smuts <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:25:35 +0200
Subject: FW: Sunday Times Complaint – Racial intolerance
To: Paddi Clay <>
Cc: Johan Retief <>, “”

Hi Paddi Please see email below. Please would you reestablish the link. We have
numerous inquiries about the hoax. Below is the copy that was published in Hogarth in February 2004 – it should be enough:

“Enough already”
HOGARTH  has been asked so many times by so many people about a certain e-mail that it has become necessary to publish this official notice:

  • “No, it is not true that the Sunday Times ran a report on a “speech” by (the late SA president) P W  Botha  in 1985 in which he was quoted as saying things such as:
    “My scientists have come up with a drug that could be smuggled into their brews to effect slow poisoning . . . yadda, yadda, yadda.” This speech is totally, absolutely and utterly fictitious. Case closed. End of story. Door slammed shut. The end. Finis.
    Thanks Susan

From: Johan Retief []
Sent: 11 October 2010 12:18 PM To: Susan Smuts
Cc: David Steward; Willie Spies; Henri LeRiche
Subject: RE: Sunday Times Complaint – Racial intolerance

Dear Susan (and the others) As you know, our mandate – at least at this stage – does not extend to the cyber world. However, if I may for a moment: The request (below) looks like a fair one. Do you agree? Kind regards Johan
From: Henri LeRiche []
Sent: 10 October 2010 09:32 AM  Press Council
To: Johan Retief
Cc: David Steward; Willie Spies
Subject: Sunday Times Complaint – Racial intolerance

Dear Press Council,

An email keeps popping up on racist forums as justification for racism against white South Africans in particular. (See the entire hoax email at bottom)

In the past the Sunday Times had a link clearly stating that this email have nothing to do with them and that it is a hoax. This was active till the Sunday Times created a new website and the link was lost. After numurous emails and pleas to have a link up for reference they just did not reply or helped with a new link. After their reference was lost the hoax mushroomed all over the internet again.

  • As obvious for us as South Africans that this a hoax, it is not understood by foreign people unfamiliar with SA politics. The Sunday Times name is clearly used in this hoax to give it credibility. It is not only in the best interest of us as South Africans, but also in the interest of the Sunday Times to keep it’s name clean. By not doing anything the Sunday Times is helping in a lie becoming truth to those willing to believe this nonsense. Are we not as South Africans supposed to do everything in our power to stop stereotypes and hatred towards each other? Then why is the Sunday Times not doing it’s bit to stop such blatant hatred to enforce stereotypes, while the email do it
    in the Sunday Time’s name?

I requested that the Sunday Times keep a link on their online publication for reference so people can get it from the ‘horse’s mouth’ that this is a hoax. People want to see a physical link from the newspaper mentioned before they believe it to be hoax like they did in the past. This will be greatly appreciated as lies like these add to racial intolerance and I am sure this is not what the Sunday Times are fighting for. It would be naive of the Sunday Times to think if they ignore this, it will go away. As long as there are hateful people out there to spread hatred it will used as a weapon.

I hope I will get a positive reaction from the Presscouncil regarding this and ask the Sunday Times politely to clearly distance themselves from this hoax in a permanent online link.Your feedback about this complaint would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards,
Henri Le Riche

– PW Botha Speech HOAX:

A hoax email is doing the round purporting that the following was a speech by PW Botha”

“THE FOLLOWING is a speech made by former South African President P.W.Botha to his Cabinet. This reprint was written by David G. Mailu for the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, dated August 18, 1985. “Pretoria has been made by the White mind for the White man. We are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the Blacks that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the Blacks in a thousand and one ways. The Republic of South Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expense of intelligence, sweat and blood. Were they Afrikaners who tried to eliminate the Australian Aborigines? Are they Afrikaners who discriminate against Blacks and call them Niggers in the States? Were they Afrikaners who started the slave trade? Where is the Black man appreciated? England discriminates against its Black andtheir “Sus” law is out to discipline the Blacks. Canada, France, Russia, and Japan all play their discrimination too. Why in the hell then is so much noise made about us? Why are they biased against us? I am simply trying to prove to you all that there is nothing unusual we are doing that the so called civilized worlds are not doing. We are
simply an honest people who have come out aloud with a clear philosophy of how we want to live our own White life.

“We do not pretend like other Whites that we like Blacks. The fact that, Blacks look like human beings and act like human beings do not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles simply because they look alike. If God wanted us to be equal to the Blacks, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect. But he created us differently: Whites, Blacks, Yellow, Rulers and the ruled. Intellectually, we are superior to the Blacks; that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years. I believe that the Afrikaner is an honest, God fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. Nevertheless, it is comforting to know that behind the scenes, Europe, America, Canada, Australia-and all others are behind us in spite of what they say. For diplomatic relations, we all know what language should be used and where. To prove my point, Comrades, does anyone of you now a White country without an investment or interest in South Africa? Who buys our gold? Who buys our diamonds? Who trades with us? Who is helping us develop other nuclear weapon? The very truth is that we are their people and they are our people. It’s a big secret. The strength of our economy is backed by America, Britain, Germany. It is our strong conviction, therefore, that the Black is the raw material for the White man. So Brothers and Sisters, let us join hands together to fight against this Black devil. I appeal to all Afrikaners to come out with any creative means of fighting this war. Surely God cannot forsake his own people whom we are. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves. Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the Black man is the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn’t it plausible? therefore that the White man is created to rule the Black man? Come to think of what would happen one day if you woke up and on the throne sat a Kaff*ir! Can you imagine what would happen to our women? Does anyone of you believe that the Blacks can rule this country? Hence, we have good reasons to let them all-the Mandelas-rot in prison, and I think we should be commended for having kept them alivein spite of what we have at hand with which to finish them off. I wish to announce a number of new strategies that should be put to use to destroy this Black bug. We should now make use of the chemical weapon. Priority number one, we should not by all means allow any more increases of the Black population lest we be choked very soon. I have exciting news that our scientists have come with an efficient stuff. I am sending out more researchers to the field to identify as many venues as possible where the chemical weapons could be employed to combat any further population increases. The hospital is a very strategic opening, for example and should be fully utilized. The food supply channel should
be used. We have eveloped excellent slow killing poisons and fertility destroyers. Our only fear is in case such stuff came in! ! to their hands as they are bound to start using it against us if you care to think of the many Blacks working for us in our HOMES
However, we are doing the best we can to make sure that the stuff remains strictly in our hands. Secondly, most Blacks are vulnerable to money inducements. I have set aside a special fund to exploit this venue.His inferior sense of morals can be exploited beautifully.
And here is a creature that lacks foresight. There is a need for us to combat him in long term projections that he cannot suspect. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year: that stance, for example,should be exploited. My special department is already working
round the clock to come out with a long-term operation blueprint. I am also sending a special request to all Afrikaner mothers to double their birth rate. It may be necessary too to set up a population boom industry by putting up centres where we employ and support fully White young men and women to produce children for the nation. We are also investigating the merit of uterus rentals as a possible means of speeding up the growth of our population through surrogate mothers.
For the time being, we should also engage a higher gear to make sure that Black men are separated from their women and fines imposed upon married wives who bear illegitimate children. I have a committee working on finding better methods of inciting Blacks against each other and encouraging murders among themselves.Murder cases among Blacks should bear very little punishment in order to encourage them. My scientists have come up with a drug that could be smuggled into their brews to effect slow poisoning results and fertility destruction. Working through drinks and manufacturing of soft drinksgeared to the Blacks, could promote the channels of reducing their population. Ours is not a war that we can use the atomic bomb to
destroy the Blacks, so we must use our intelligence to effect this. The person-to-person encounter can be very effective
As the records show that the Black man is dying to go to bed with the White woman, here is our unique opportunity. Our Sex Mercenary Squad
should go out and camouflage with Apartheid Fighters while doing their operations quietly administering slow killing poison and fertility destroyers to those Blacks they thus befriend.

We are modifying the Sex Mercenary Squad by introducing White men who should go for the militant Black woman and any other vulnerable Black woman. We have received a new supply of prostitutes from Europe and America who are desperate and too keen to take up the appointments. My latest appeal is that the maternity hospital operations should be intensified. We are not paying those people to help bring Black babies to this world but to eliminate them on the very delivery moment. If this department worked very efficiently, a great deal could be achieved.

My Government has set aside a special fund for erecting more covert hospitals and clinics to promote this programme. Money can do anything for you. So while we have it, we should make the best use of it. In the meantime my beloved White citizens, do not take to heart what the world says, and don’t be ashamed of being called racists. I do not mind being called the architect and King of Apartheid. I shall not become a monkey simply because someone has called me a monkey. I will still remain your bright star… His Excellency Botha.” END OF HOAX EMAIL

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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