Series - Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha's secret meeting, South Africa: [Still image]

Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha's secret meeting, South Africa [te_jul1989_MADIBA & BOTHA.jpg]

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Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha's secret meeting, South Africa: [Still image]


  • 1989-07-05 (Creation)

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Ehlers played a prominent position in the former apartheid government and was a private secretary to the former President PW Botha. He is a former navy commodore at South African embassy in Paris, and a former Director of the GMR group. He is a cousin of former NIS Director Neil Barnard, an international arms trader and at least up to 1995 also as the honorary consul for Colombia in Pretoria. He was married to Larraine Eksteen. Ehlers father in law lost his coal mine 'Rusplaas Steenskool' to his son Burtie and Burtie sold the assets to Jose Holgado.

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Donated by Ters Ehlers to the Nelson Mandela Foundation

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Nelson Mandela's secret meeting with President P.W. Botha. From l to r: General Williamsen, Nelson Mandela, Neil Barnard, Pres. Botha and Kobie Coetsee. Only photograph of the meeting that took place on 5 July 1989. Other people in the photo are General Johan Willemse (Commissioner of Prisons), Niel Barnard (Head of National Intelligence), and Hendrik "Kobie" Coetsee (Minister of Justice).

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Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Some materials may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these materials may be restricted as stipulated by legislation, Archives policy, or the donor. Please consult the archivist for details.

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Not copyrighted to the NMF but permission granted to use for NMF purposes only. External reproduction with express permission of the copyright holder. ©Ters Ehlers. Upon written approval, collection item(s) can only be used once for the purpose stated and approved in request. Collection item should not be shared with third parties nor commercially or personally archived. Copyright and source credits must be cited when exhibiting/publishing and additionally embedded for online use.

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NMF Archive
CD #0197

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Accession number NMFP 2009/78

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Description prepared on 07 September 2016 by Myeka, Zandile




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