FW de Klerk passes away aged 85

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Former president FW de Klerk sits for a portrait on January 18, 2010 at Franschhoek Pass, Western Cape. Photo: Ginkgo Agency/Getty Images
Former president FW de Klerk sits for a portrait on January 18, 2010 at Franschhoek Pass, Western Cape. Photo: Ginkgo Agency/Getty Images

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FW de Klerk has died.

The last apartheid president was 85 years old.

The FW de Klerk Foundation announced that he passed away at his Fresnaye home in Cape Town on Thursday morning.

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His passing follows his battle with mesothelioma cancer.

He is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan and his grandchildren.

The family is set to make an announcement regarding funeral arrangements in due course.

De Klerk was the country's last apartheid head of state, ruling from September 1989 to May 1994, when South Africa held it's first democratic elections in April.

He was then appointed as one of the country's two deputy presidents, along with Thabo Mbeki, as Nelson Mandela become South Africa's democratically elected president.

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Last year De Klerk was quoted as saying, in an interview with the SABC, that “there is a difference between calling something a crime. Like genocide is a crime. Apartheid cannot be, for instance, compared with genocide. There was never genocide.”

This is a developing story.


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