Chris Heunis is appointed acting president

Thursday, 19 January 1989

Chris Heunis, Minister of Constitutional Development and Planning, was appointed Acting State President by President P.W. Botha who was recovering from a mild stroke suffered on 18 January. Botha surprised everyone when he resigned from the National Party (NP) leadership but not as state president, where he continued to make key decisions, although recovering from a stroke.

• nelsonmandela,'19 January 1989',[Online] Available at:, [Accecessed on: 17 December 2013]

Last updated : 24-May-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011