South Africa’s former president Frederik Willem de Klerk has died at the age of 85. As it’s last white minority leader he steered his country towards the end of apartheid - for which De Klerk and Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 1 February 1991, South Africa’s then president, Frederik Willem de Klerk, announced the repeal of the country’s last apartheid laws. By the end of the year, racial segregation was finally consigned to the past in South Africa - on paper at least. Together with Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for this battle, de Klerk forever changed South Africa and wrote global history. Although de Klerk was originally a supporter of racial segregation, in the end he was the one charged with the job of ending apartheid. In the year 1993, de Klerk and Mandela, who would succeed him as president one year later, received the Nobel Prize for Peace. De Klerk was vilified by some, praised by many, but despite his great deeds he always remained in the background. The documentary film: The Other Man - F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid, opens a completely new perspective on the life and work of South Africa’s last white president.
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