Russel Botman

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Biographical information

Synopsis:

Political detainee, academic, author, minister of religion, theologian, thinker, President of the South African Council of Churches, first black Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University Of Stellenbosch.

First name: 
Russel
Last name: 
Botman
Date of birth: 
18 October 1953
Location of birth: 
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (now Free State Province)
Date of death: 
27 June 2014
Location of death: 
Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Russel Botman was born on 18 October 1953 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (now Free State Province). His mother had supported his family by working as a typist for the “coloured” Nederduitse Gereformeerde Sending-Kerk (Church) in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (now Free State Province) while his father completed his studies in theology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).


References:
• Thamm M. (2014). Russel Botman: visionary, leader and fighter on sacred ground from Daily Maverick, 1 July. Available at www.dailymaverick.co.za . Accessed on 2 July 2014.
• SAPA. (2014). Varsity pays tribute to Botman from News24, 28 June. Available at www.news24.com online. Accessed on 2 July 2014.   
• SAPA. (2014). Botman a leading light, says Zuma from News24, 29 June. Available at www.news24.com online. Accessed on 2 July 2014.   
• SAPA. (2014). Tributes pour in for Botman from News24, 28 June. Available at www.news24.com online. Accessed on 2 July 2014
• 2014-06-28 SAPA. (2014). Varsity pays tribute to Botman from News24, 28 June. Available at www.news24.com online. Accessed on 2 July 2014.    

Last updated : 21-Oct-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 07-Jul-2014