Frederik Willem De Klerk: Tears as Former South African President Dies of Cancer

Frederik Willem De Klerk: Tears as Former South African President Dies of Cancer

  • Former South African president Frederik Willem De Klerk died in the early hours of Thursday, November 11
  • De Klerk, aged 85, died peacefully at his home following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer, his foundation announced
  • The deceased was the last South African president under apartheid and played a leading role in bringing white-minority rule to an end

Fresnaye, South Africa - Frederik Willem De Klerk, a former president of South Africa and the last leader under the infamous apartheid, is dead.

Al Jazeera reported that the FW de Klerk Foundation, his foundation, made the announcement on the 85-year-old on Thursday, November 11.

Frederik Willem de Klerk: Former South African President Dies of Cancer
Frederik Willem de Klerk, the former South African president shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993. Photo credit: RODGER BOSCH/AFP
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The late former president was a key actor in South Africa’s transition to democracy. Together with Nelson Mandela, De Klerk oversaw the end of white-minority rule in the country.

According to the foundation, he died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.

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The statement added that the family will soon make an announcement regarding funeral arrangements.

BBC reported that Frederik Willem de Klerk was born on 18 March 1936 in Johannesburg, into a line of Afrikaner National Party politicians. His father, Jan, had been a cabinet minister.

Tears, mourning as former Algerian president dies

Meanwhile, the Algerian presidency on Friday, September 17, reported that the country had lost a former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Bouteflika's death came over two years after he stepped down from office following nationwide protest by the masses and the military after news of his plan to run for a fifth term broke.

A veteran of Algeria's war for independence, the former African leader held on to power in the nation for not less than finally resigning in 2019.

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Tanzania President John Magufuli dies at age 61

In a similar sad development, John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, in March died at the age of 61. His death was announced on Wednesday, March 17, by the vice president, Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Magufuli's death came five months after he won a second term in a election. Legit.ng notes that the late president attracted widespread criticism for his denial of the coronavirus pandemic.

The vice president announced Magufuli's death:

“We have lost our courageous leader, President John Magufuli, who has died from a heart illness."

Source: Legit

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