F.W. de Klerk, Former South African President Who Dismantled Apartheid, Dies at 85

A prominent Afrikaner, he vehemently defended the separation of the races but later stunned his deeply divided nation, and the wider world, by reconsidering South Africa’s racist ways.,

F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela in 1994. They shared the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the end of the apartheid state.
F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela in 1994. They shared the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the end of the apartheid state.Credit…Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

F.W. de Klerk, Former South African President Who Dismantled Apartheid, Dies at 85

A prominent Afrikaner, he vehemently defended the separation of the races but later stunned his deeply divided nation, and the wider world, by reconsidering South Africa’s racist ways.

F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela in 1994. They shared the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the end of the apartheid state.Credit…Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

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