In his new capacity as President of South Africa, FW de Klerk directly experienced for the first time how the international community had abandoned its support for minority white rule.
The sympathetic take on Pik Botha as a man of peace and a frustrated democrat is a travesty.
South Africans have a right to know why the lapses at Sunday Times occurred and why those that spoke up against them were silenced.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.
Cyril Ramaphosa is no Messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal.
Rock music against military conscription during 1980s South Africa resonated with wider fault lines in Afrikaner society - this as the apartheid regime's grip on power started to slip.
South Africa's current economic situation is reminiscent of events in 1985 when the economy nearly collapsed. This article, first published last year, looks at the similarities.