The announcement of Springbok coach will be made at the end of January, with de Villiers as one of the known candidates.
Botha said, “I would keep Peter [de Villiers] as part of the team because he must have learnt quite a number of things in the four years that he’s been there. You can’t just discard all that experience.”
He said the next coach must learn from the mistakes of the past.
“I think we’ve made mistakes. Nick [Mallett] made a mistake when he fired Gary Teichmann before the world cup. When you select a Springbok side, do yourself a favour, pick the guys who are in form and that’s the end of it.”