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Experts on FW de Klerk's death and why his 'complicated legacy' has divided South Africans

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Apartheid president FW de Klerk has died and there are some people celebrating his death.
Apartheid president FW de Klerk has died and there are some people celebrating his death.
PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/Brenton Geach

It is often seen as taboo to speak ill of the dead. But when news of the country's last apartheid president FW de Klerk's death broke, a large number of South Africans rejoiced as they detailed some of the atrocities that have been linked to his name. 

Some have planned celebrations while others lamented the fact that with his death, families who lost their loved ones during the apartheid era have lost their last chance of closure.

While it is not common to rejoice in this way when a person has died, political analyst Nompumelelo Runji says context is everything.

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