NOBEL PEACE WINNER AND AFRICA’S LAST APARTHEID PRESIDENT, FW DE KLERK DIES AT 85
12 November 2021
FW de Klerk who was South Africa’s last apartheid president who oversaw the end of white rule in the country passed away at 85. He was one of the important leaders in the country and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela. He died after a long battle with cancer at his home in Cape Town. De Klerk was an infamous leader in South Africa as many accused him of violence against Black South Africans and anti-apartheid activists while in power, whereas white South Africans saw his efforts to end apartheid as a betrayal.
In 1990, he announced in a speech in the parliament that Mandela would be released, which made the country stand on its toes after years of anti-black law, and the brutal system of apartheid. While the country’s economy was perishing, he announced that his government was lifting the ban on the African National Congress and other anti-apartheid activists. There were tensions between him and Mandela though he publicly said the feud had ended. In 2010 he criticised the South African government and recently said that Black South Africans still had racial sentiments in the country.
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