- The last white South African President Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk passed away at his home in Cape Town
- Klerk is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan, and his grandchildren
Today morning, the last white South African President Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk passed away at his home in Cape Town. He was 85 years old. The news has been confirmed by the FW de Klerk Foundation.
In a statement released by the FW de Klerk Foundation, it announced the demise of former President FW de Klerk. He was reportedly suffering from mesothelioma cancer. “Former President FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye earlier this morning following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer,” the statement read.
He is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan, and his grandchildren, the foundation added. He was the last president of segregated South Africa, and Nelson Mandela, the apartheid revolutionary, was freed during his regime. Following Mandela’s release, the two politicians worked together to bring an end to the policy of racial segregation.
Back in 1983, De Klerk was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa’.