Archbishop Tutu and wife Leah extend condolences to de Klerk family

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah, have expressed their condolences to the family of the late FW de Klerk after his passing.

De Klerk died from cancer at his Fresnaye home on Thursday in Cape Town at age 85.

Acting Chairperson of the Tutu Trust, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, says De Klerk occupied a historic, but difficult space in South Africa.

He was the last apartheid president and jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993.

Many South Africans found the global recognition of De Klerk hard to accept, but Mandela praised him for his courage during the transition process.

FW De Klerk’s last words to South Africans:

Meanwhile, leader of the Good Party Patricia de Lille has shared her condolences with the family of de Klerk.

De Klerk was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

De Lille says De Klerk played a major role in the transition to democracy.

“We want to express our deepest condolences to FW’s wife, Elita, and the family on the passing of the former President FW de Klerk. De Klerk played an important role in our country’s transition from apartheid to a democracy and ensure a peaceful and reconciliatory process. He continued to serve our country after the attainment of our democracy. May his soul rest in peace,” says De Lille.

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