11 Nov 2021

FW de Klerk: Last South African apartheid president dies at 85


The death has been announced of FW de Klerk, the last South African president to rule under the apartheid system. He was 85.

Mr de Klerk and his government negotiated with ANC leaders to end white-minority rule, making the ANC legal and freeing political prisoners. Among them Nelson Mandela, who Mr de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize with in 1993.

But many Black South Africans believe he had more involvement in the terrible violence unleashed during that period than he ever admitted.