Former South Africa President FW De Klerk dies aged 85

The last white person to lead south Africa died at the age of 85. He breathed his last in cape town, the former South African president, was diagnosed with cancer.

Former South Africa President FW De Klerk dies aged 85


Earlier this year. The Klerk in South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela was the Nobel peace prize recipient. In 1993.


The door was awarded for leading the transition from white rule in the country, But the Klerk role in the transition to democracy remains highly contested more than 20 years after the end of apartheid. He is most remembered for his famous speech in 1990, announcing the lifting of a ban on the African national congress and other liberation movements. The prohibition of the African national congress, the pan-Africanist Congress, the South African communist party, and a number of subsidiary organizations is being rescinded.


The Klerk headed South Africa's white minority government until 1994 when nelson mandela's and party swept to power. Many black South Africans have blamed him for failing to curb violence during his time in power, while white extremists viewed his efforts to end apartheid as a betrayal while testifying at the truth and reconciliation commission on behalf of the national party in 1996 and 1997. His apology for apartheid was criticized as being Insufficient.


The Klerk was diagnosed in march with mesothelioma, cancer that affects the tissue lining. The lungs he is survived by his wife Elita, his children, Jan and Susan, and his grandchildren, he retired, From active politics in august 1997. , paying a tribute to Douglas south African president Cyril ramaphosa says that he had the courage to step away from the path of his Party with a reference to apartheid.


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