FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid in South Africa, has died

JOHANNESBURG: FW de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela and as South Africa’s last apartheid president oversaw the demise of the country’s white minority rule, has died at the age of 85.
De Klerk died after a battle with cancer at his home in the Fresnaye area of ​​Cape Town, a spokesperson for the FW de Klerk Foundation confirmed Thursday.
It was de Klerk who announced in a speech to the South African parliament on February 2, 1990 that Mandela would be released after 27 years. The announcement electrifies a country that for decades has been scorned and sanctioned by much of the world for its brutal system of racial discrimination known as apartheid.


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