Rock Legend Piet Botha Dies

Piet Botha
Piet Botha was also the frontman for Blues Rock group Jack Hammer. Picture: Piet Botha Facebook page

South African rock legend Piet Botha has died after a battle with cancer.

The musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Botha reportedly passed away on Sunday.

He was the son of late apartheid-era minister Pik Botha. According to Botha’s page on Facebook, his career started in the 70s while he was still at school. He went on to form Jack Hammer, a Blues Rock group. He was one of the first musicians inducted into the South African Rock Hall Of Fame in January 2002 and he was also honoured with the South African Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Botha’s fans took to social media and said they were devastated following his passing.