De Klerk returns home for Mandela

2013-06-29 17:46

Johannesburg - Former president FW de Klerk has cut short his Europe trip because of former president Nelson's Mandela's ill-health, De Klerk's foundation said on its website on Saturday.

"Mr FW de Klerk and his wife Elita have decided to suspend their current working visit and holiday in Europe because of Mr Mandela's medical condition," it said.

"They will arrive back in Cape Town tomorrow [Sunday]. Their thoughts are with the Mandela family during this difficult time and they join in the prayers for an improvement in Mr Mandela's health."

There was no further information on whether De Klerk would be visiting Mandela.

It has been three weeks since Mandela was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

On Saturday, President Jacob Zuma said his condition was still critical but stable.

"We're hoping that it [Mandela's health] is going to improve," Zuma said at a press briefing on Saturday.

"I think with all the prayers and good wishes that are being made, certainly it would do something."

  • Carolyn Sims-Handcock - 2013-06-29 18:06

    De Klerk has not exactly cut short his holiday has he? Mr Mandela has been critical for 3 weeks now!

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-06-29 22:41

      Isn't there a moment when we can stop the hate at least in respect of a human being who gave his life for our freedom and demonstrated the highest ideals as an example to all humanity for all time. Showing that it is possible not to hate those have imprisoned you for 27 years unjustly.Our collective pride must surely be in the fact that such a human being emerged from our homeland at the tip of Africa.

      SimonTempler - 2013-06-30 07:43

      Any publicity is good publicity. Come looking for the 31st piece of silver?

      Daniel Diketso Moholo-holo - 2013-06-30 11:25

      @Jeremy, I salute you for your comment. We are the only nation with this history and we must be proud of it, all of us. Can't we stop Apartheid that, ANC that, DA that, Zuma that, Zille that and so on and so fourth and stuff like that?..For those who want to play Politics, this platform is not for you..we suppose to share thoughts and revelations here.

      MWF - 2013-06-30 11:34

      @Jeremy, he was imprisoned unjustly? I think not my friend, let me enlighten you as to why the man was imprisoned... Mandela directly formed a military organization which came to be called Umkhonto we Siswe (MK) and he thereafter recruited a small group of experts to embark on a campaign of sabotage. Umkhonto we Siswe (or Sizwe), translated “Spear of the Nation,” was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) in cooperation with the South African Communist Party (SACP) in their fight against the South African apartheid government. MK launched its first guerilla attack(s) against government installations on December 16, 1961. From there, the MK carried out numerous and ruthless bombings of civilian, military, industrial and infrastructural sites. The tactics were initially geared towards sabotage, but eventually expanded to include urban, guerilla warefare. Notable among these were the January 8, 1982 attack on the Koeberg nuclear power plant near Cape Town, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the formation of the ANC, the Church Street bombing on May 20, 1983, killing 19 and the June 14, 1986 car bombing of Magoo’s Bar in Durban, in which 3 people were killed and 73 injured. As the leader of the ANC-MK, Mandela was either directly, or indirectly responsible for the resultant deaths. He was also in fact listed as a terrorist by the US right up until 2008. I do not care what your agenda is, if you kill people, you go to jail. Period.

      jerhone - 2013-06-30 13:31

      I've got a feeling the great man has already passed on and it's been hushed by the gov until they begged enough from the Americans, why are people like pankop De Klerk coming here? we'll only know the truth come Tuesday after the yanks have left

      Johhno Lipstrei - 2013-06-30 17:26

      @MWF - yes MWF, Mandela may have been indirectly and directly responsible for the death of innocent civilians, but the apartheid government also killed many Africans...are they not then also "terrorists" and should they not have served time in prison. You look at things from one perspective. Have you no knowledge our what our former president's like PW Botha did, are they not also accountable for killing innocent people? I suggest you look back history, not just Mandela's history. We could all rather come together and pray for a united country - and Mandela taught us compassion . Mandela could have started all out war with the apartheid government, but instead he forgave and gave us a chance to make right the wrongs our forefathers did. I encourage you to have an open mind. there are no saints in this world. FW De Klerk played a big role in bringing peace to this country as well. He could have said that he will not release Mandela. That would have had serious consequences for our country. We must look past race now. We can move forward by forgiving one another and reconciling. I urge all South African's to stand firmly and stand for justice. Our biggest problem now is Zuma and his corrupt ANC officials. This is not the party Mandela would have been proud of. Vote for any party that is not racist and has self interests at heart.

      Lwara Scarvenger - 2013-07-01 10:18

      My uncle was wrongfully arrested for 38 years, only got released two years ago... Why the fuuck should i praise Mr Mandela as if he acted alone in the Liberation of S.A. SOUTH AFRICANS freed South Africa. Not the ANC, IFP, NP, and certainly not Mr Mandela... Nonetheless may God have mercy on him

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 12:10

      He's in the know make no mistake. He has probably been told the time to switch off the machines is close now. So he has the decency to cut his tour short. These two men took the gamble for South Africa. Don't underestimate de Klerk. He went against his whole cabinet for this reconciliation. I am proud of this man !

      Shalane Francis - 2013-07-01 15:35

      Unfortunately Johhno. AWB's can never see faults with their own kind! They only want to see problems with our black brothers and sisters. MWF is, nothing more than just another racist AWB, that our beautiful country does not need! He is one of those that has been brainwashed by their "apartheid" leaders.

      Dmitri Dumas - 2013-07-01 15:37

      @SimonTempler...not many people know about that. Only those who were there :)

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2013-06-29 18:22

    Whether ex Dep Pres De Klerk tell lies or not its got nothing to do with us his conscious know the truth

      Liziwe Madlaba - 2013-06-29 20:59

      True dat cc

  • Stephan van Heerden - 2013-06-29 18:26

    What does he want NOW? Our sympathy. He will always be backstabber to a real South African. Please Mr. De Klerk, mind your own pathetic business.

      Wikus Erasmus - 2013-06-29 18:36

      Gaan bars Stephan. Te danke aan De Klerk EN Mandela het jy nog 'n plek in Afrika.

      Graham Hughes - 2013-07-01 07:40

      Stephan if you remember Mr De Klerk put the question of going forward or not with the "new democracy" to the white electorate for a referendum. The outcome was to continue - that was the fist sign of the birth of the "new democracy" as he complied with the wishes. I think, he as many of us did at the time, truly believed South Africa would be different from the rest of Africa with the likes of Mr Mandela at the helm - unfortunately from Mbeki onwards all the good that was done by Mr De Klerk and Mr Mandela has been undone.

      Charles_McDonwald - 2013-07-01 11:33

      Stephan... read siener van rensburg tripe lately? You have no idea the size of the rock and the rigidness of the hardplace we were in pre 1994 so rather just shut the fcup.

      Cheryl Malcolm - 2013-07-01 12:13

      What kind of stupid are you Stephan? Thank God for people like Mr de Klerk and the wonderful Mr Mandela.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 13:52

      Stephan Would you rather have had a civil war ? Dialogue is the only way! Just take a look at the Middle East and see what's going on there ! Would you have liked this here ! I think not!

  • Antoinette Morgan - 2013-06-29 18:32

    Did someone forget to tell Mr de Klerk that Madiba is doing much better or was he told that as soon as Pres Obama's plane takes off they gonna flip the switch?

  • Mduduzi Ngwenya - 2013-06-29 18:43

    i hear people saying nasty things about f.w de advise never judge a person until you have won their was never a win win situation for him.i.m sure there was a risk of being an outcast from his people for releasing madiba in prison back then but he did please let us not judge.

      jerhone - 2013-06-30 16:56

      but he could have made better decisions by insisting on accountablity and transparency from all future governments, that the death sentence never should be lifted, borders patrolled properly, today we have rampant crime too many aliens, less work for our local populace

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 13:58

      jerhome He wasn't a Crystal Ball Reader - he was a President ! What happened after his and Mandela's tenure you can blame the greedy ANC for that !

  • Bluecrest - 2013-06-29 18:48

    stephan (lower case intended) Mr De Klerk did our (yes... including your silly pathetic brain) country the world of good! Get rid of that cheap brandy and smell the roses!

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2013-06-29 18:50

    Thank you mr de klerk and your wife for what you did*let the bygones be the bygones TATA need you by his side in this critical times

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 20:57

      Amen to that

      Desiree Hemraj - 2013-06-30 11:20

      well said! wish the rest of the world could the see the light at the end of the tunnel.

      Lwara Scarvenger - 2013-07-01 10:12

      Who is DE KLERK ?

  • Kelvin Mzuzu - 2013-06-29 18:51

    What a respect Mr De Klerk,thank you Sir!!!

  • Marz Smith - 2013-06-29 18:52

    Mandela is dead, it's just the machines keeping him alive. He is old and it is time to let him go.

      Marz Smith - 2013-06-30 09:02

      Not many people make it to 94 years. He had a tough life and he's job is done here. Let him to rest.

      Marz Smith - 2013-06-30 09:05

      Now we just have to see how South-Africans mange to carry he's legacy.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 14:05

      Marz Smith South Africans have long carried on with their hooliganism, murder, robberies, etc while Mr Mandela is alive. Nothing will change after he is gone. They will remain rubbish for the rest of their lives. They could not be bothered about his legacy ! They don't even know the meaning of the word !

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-06-29 19:06

    Still another waste of taxpayers money. Why go gallivanting anyway? If De Klerk want to do good then he can do it at home!!

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 21:04

      Ou Dierericksie - Mr De Klerk do not travel on tax payers expense and the De Klerk foundation is doing many good things to people in South Africa and abroad. Now our current ministers and President they are gallivanting and waste your taxes big time. SO do yourself a huge favor and go read up on De Klerk. Instead of posting crap on this site I suggest you rather use your time Googeling and get the facts.

      Aqeelah Khan - 2013-07-01 11:04

      Some people actually have their own money...

  • Luanda Gqirana - 2013-06-29 19:17

    People still carry this bitterness within their hearts? May God bless your children and protect them from the hate disease you suffer from. I know you not going to hell, you have built an inescapable hell for yourselves in your hearts. Mr De Klerk's business is none of yours as you would say about yours to him.

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 21:06

      Amen to that

      Feik Mc Heither - 2013-06-30 20:21

      and still thumbs down? I am starting to believe some of the arguments here are being stirred by 12 year olds who are sitting on the Dad's computers or in their basements? Never trust the internet. As long as I see people of all 'colours' (if we do have colors) getting well together in the streets of SA, I am happy.

  • Michael Mooketsi - 2013-06-29 19:57

    And de jackals start 2 circle

      Willie Bezuidenhout - 2013-06-30 09:36

      Interesting choice of animal, Jackal. A scavenger. Too damn lazy do make his own kill. Always dependant on another so survive.

  • Shareef Sithole - 2013-06-29 20:01

    De klerk go to Europe please_Why now after all,its been long 3weeks??? You are looking for attention nothing more

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 21:14

      No need to try and explain anything to you - you will most likely not grasp anything of it.

      Mike Olwagen - 2013-06-30 19:21

      @Theo Schoeman - Shareef understands it well, the low life criminal simply returned to protect the little interest/attention he has left amongst all in this country. What a legacy, being hated by both sides of the divide.If a true martyr be hated at least be hated by one side and loved by the other.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 14:08

      Shareef go back to your Islamic Country wherever that might be !

  • Anthony Spruyt - 2013-06-29 20:03

    Eish, the amount of trolling and hate here on this forum is getting disturbing.

      Mike Olwagen - 2013-06-30 19:23

      Is trolling your definition of intensely disliking De Klerk. Very shallow indeed!

      Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-07-01 07:55

      Anthony, not 5% of the people commenting here will have the guts or ability to air their views in a face to face debate. Many or most of them use the employers computer equipment to waste their employer's time while surfing the Internet.

  • Elsie Palmer - 2013-06-29 20:07

    Pathetic comments from some of the people.

  • Matshane Seleko - 2013-06-29 20:15

    IIf Madiba forgave former Pres FW De Klerk and every else(black and white) who wronged him(and wronged everybody else),who are we to chadge Mr De Klerk?So,you black and white,or is it brown and pink,racists,stop churning insults 'cause nobody is a saint.Live Mr De Klerk alone.Madiba is 'owned' by all South Africans,because he fought for all South Africans.Live with that fact,or hang yourself.

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 21:20

      Matshane Seleko - I thank you for that comment. What a wonderful prosperous country this could be of all our people was acting and believing like Madiba

  • Sthembize Zulu - 2013-06-29 20:17

    Some pathetic disgraceful and nauseating comments here. Can't we all just get along? Stop it people!

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 21:21

      I drink to that

      Feik Mc Heither - 2013-06-30 20:29

      It's getting better if everyone of us can comment like this and you get thumbs up or down not because of your first or last name; we'll go far. Most of us here are fed up by the current government, we could even start our own party. But the comments? Just a tool for the ANC to win elections till 'jesus comes back'. Stop using words like 'go back to your mud-hut', 'brain-less', 'white racists', 'settlers' etc. It's childish!!!! Unless of cause we are dealing with those kids who like playing dangerous games on the internet.

      Philani Pro - 2013-07-01 15:42

      its freedom sthe

  • Sindisiwe Inonozi Mtshara - 2013-06-29 20:21

    Here on News24 you get to see how many people of every colour still live on the Old South Africa, it is starting to worry me now.

      Farzana Rahiman - 2013-06-29 21:27

      now only.....

  • Lynette Swiegelaar Louw - 2013-06-29 20:22

    He has inside information!The minute Obama leaves South Africa they will switch off the ventilator.SO SAD that Mandela's death must be mechanically postpone so that Obama's programme can go on!!We can really see where our goverment's loyalties are.Shame on you and may his spirit haunt each and everyone that disregarded him in the hour of his death!!

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-06-29 20:33

      Well said Lynette..!!

      Lenkamu Trading - 2013-06-30 08:06

      Mandela will be kept aon life support until his birthday, remember his children are planning huge birthday celebrations all over the world. Riding on him is their number 1 priority

  • Kwena Molekoa - 2013-06-29 20:28

    FW , the man of integrity , a real South African at heart . I wish the National Party had made it possible for him to lead S.A of all people before the corrupt ANC troop .

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-29 21:43

      He did what he did for the good of the country, knowing that there would be some whites who would consider him a sell-out. He did it anyway, for Madiba, for all of us.

  • Mbali Lihle Mbatha Ngcobo - 2013-06-29 20:31

    True or false

  • Pierre Segers - 2013-06-29 20:40

    You know I read your posts you all are a bunch of babies. The country is trouble big trouble and all you do is be racist to each other. De Klerk or no De Klerk he is part of the new South Africa. Think about this. For things to change we need to change, take charge be friends with each other. Black or white it shouls not matter. 20 years later we still have issues. Stop that and build a future together. South Africa has all the world wants but we the people only destroy it. Please fellow South Africans lets change the future to better ourselves. I love you all

      Sithembile Refuge Zikalala - 2013-06-30 17:18

      that's very good to hear

      Sthakaso Ka Manzini Zungu - 2013-07-01 10:05

      Well said Pierre!!!

  • Pierre Segers - 2013-06-29 20:41

    You know I read your posts you all are a bunch of babies. The country is trouble big trouble and all you do is be racist to each other. De Klerk or no De Klerk he is part of the new South Africa. Think about this. For things to change we need to change, take charge be friends with each other. Black or white it shouls not matter. 20 years later we still have issues. Stop that and build a future together. South Africa has all the world wants but we the people only destroy it. Please fellow South Africans lets change the future to better ourselves. I love you all

  • thozi - 2013-06-29 20:47

    Phuphudlelwe, you and Flak are part of the rare South African quality that hopes to influence changes in South Africa like Tata Mandela tried to. Please do not be discouraged by the 'thumps down', just ignore them - they probably come from enemies of peace that will only be happy to see SA run down to the level of Zimbwabe. You are dead right, both former Presidents De Klerk and Mandela, deserve praise for steering our country in the right path. It's a pity that currently, some lunatics are busy reversing all their gains.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-06-29 20:54

    To me the saddest part of of all these chirps whilst daggers are out. How many people have lost their lives not through their own fault Crime, Taxi carnage 20000 per annum times 19 yrs. Was and is it worth it. Not to mention aids. So that tells you what a life is worth to this incompetent Government

  • Mduduzi Ndaba - 2013-06-29 21:01

    He's part of history, let's preach reconciliation guys . He respects Madiba that's why he cut his trips to Europe

      Tommo Too - 2013-06-29 21:07

      Very wise words Mduduzi. Thanks!

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-06-29 21:34

      Very wise word indeed. Thank you

  • Christian Parah Saint PM - 2013-06-29 21:51

    It's just funny that de klerk coming back to be there for Mandela can spark such a debate about his sincerity. Bottom line he just want be there for his friend is that wrong. Maybe his mission was for the benefit of South African black and white. So for me what De Klerk has done is very good to promote racial unity in SA. So thank you Mr De Klerk for your amazing racial free heart.

  • Albert Mokwena - 2013-06-29 21:58

    Lmao ! it's a joke ! Did he real cut his holiday for that ?or it's just a PR thing ? may be the journo wanted to say for his own healthy.

  • Melanie Kuschke - 2013-06-29 22:14

    Mr de Klerk are you returning because you were informed of the inevitable?

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 14:14

      Melanie I agree with your way of thinking !

  • Antoinette Morgan - 2013-06-29 22:25

    Before '92 a referendum was called where we could vote for multi party elections, un banning of ANC & the likes & the release of Madiba, or against it. The majority of South Africans were for it, hence the roll out to full democracy. How can Mr de Klerk be branded as a sell out? We got what we voted for.

  • Tsheiso Motaung - 2013-06-29 23:48

    Ok are they friends

  • René Roux - 2013-06-30 01:34

    Regardless of what one may think of him, FW, along with Madiba are among the few who can proudly say that they put the interests of the nation AHEAD OF THEIR OWN. The fact that Obama visits this corrupt JZ, says just about everything about his character as 'Leader of the free world'. He wants to loot like the current "corruption busters" in the Pretoria goverment.

  • Ruwayne Swartz - 2013-06-30 08:20


  • Mliks Mchunu - 2013-06-30 09:23

    Im quet disturbed by news 24 comments, each and every topic that comes out, white people make it racial issue!! its Zuma, its the govermernt, its the anc, its corruption, its these blacks. correction of statements made. Black south africans are also settlers. There Africans who came from Congo (bantu) to south africa. But in those times there were congo and south africa since there were no boarders. Way to move forward I ussualy hear people say blacks always blame apartheid, Germany Japan,Singapore made in a short time. Answer Those countries were completly distroyed,they had no chose but to be one and work together with one vision. In South Africa we lack all of these. We rather say hes black,hes whte,hes Zulu, shes a woman. Whitout listening and giving full support. We need to have one vision,one goal to win Should any one be interested in ingaging in building our beloved country can follow me on facebook Good to have positive thinking especialy in the morning, Not this hatred i always see on news 24

  • Johan_Swart - 2013-06-30 11:37

    the ANC and mandela's Klerk has been brainwashing people for so long they believe that lies are the truth and truth is nothing but lies

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-07-01 14:12

      But isn't that what All Politicians all over the world do ? Nothing new. No one is his right mind would want to control a country except for the Power it gives them. Oh and plus the money and perks !

  • Vincent Nkomotje - 2013-06-30 12:04

    yeh right..back to celebrate for sure

  • Andrew Lexar - 2013-06-30 13:31

    As the comments suggest, the devil has most of the less humble firmly in it's grasp. We despise one another so much due to the anger WE have developed as individuals toward one another. Yet we know that we are all related by origin to just a pair of people. The reason that people have moved away from one another to distant pastures over time is simply that aggression should be minimized between them and blood shedding be avoided. There is an environment that is suited for every mindset on this planet, therefore there is no need for criticizing all the time. The cost of relocating is actually very cheap and people need not cause interference for self preservation. It just makes the devil stronger and all our lives more miserable.

  • Rabotlhoko Silver-Surf Tlhabane - 2013-06-30 17:37

    Meet the new Boss ,same as the old Boss.Our fortunes are about to change ......soon my cousins will learn the truth......Embrace yourselves

  • sonstrale - 2013-06-30 23:06

    Mr de Klerk could have carried on with his plans but he has decided to come home because of Mandela.Let us see the beauty and positive side and not always look for something negative.Not everything about South Africa is bad.

  • Jorgylyn Companiados - 2013-07-01 02:51

    De Klerk is my bigger hero than mandela...De Klerk can be compared to Gandhi...he is a giver..NOT a taker....God bless De Klerk !!!!

      Rajan Govender - 2013-07-01 08:53

      Those who think Mandela was released because De Klerk had no choice are uneducated, brainwashed or plain stupid. Read the REAL history of this country instead of the propaganda cr#p that's now called history.

  • Margaret Mvambo - 2013-07-01 08:45

    Its time now that we live on and let the past past well done De Kleck hope you will go and visit Tata

  • Mark Retief - 2013-07-01 12:41

    Go visit Pomfret first!

  • Philani Pro - 2013-07-01 15:39


  • George Leggett - 2013-07-01 16:59

    Is de Klerk publicity-seeking again? His somewhat dated autobiography is very uncomplimentary and anti-Mandela in its contents.

  • Cindy Momberg Kelley - 2013-07-01 17:31

    Or De Klerk is full of Bull or News24 is full of Bull. The man has been 'near' death SEVERAL times in the past 3 weeks!

  • Bonge Nokbonga - 2013-07-01 20:09

    lets us be united dis is not the tym 2b pointing fingers at one another but lets pray 4 our Madiba 2 get well

  • Courtney Baird - 2013-07-01 20:35

    sy gat gabba............

  • Ernest Shaka - 2013-07-02 06:52

    If Honourable De Klerk had a party for next year elections I would say thats cheap south African politics. I therefore feel he is doing honestly and everybody must respect his feelings for the old man thats after all democracy they wanted to build.

  • roiboss - 2013-07-02 16:33

    Whatever and that's a load of hogwash he came back coz he himself is not well

  • Linda Greeff - 2013-07-02 16:56

    And in the meantime he headed home because he was sick, not because of Mandela!!