Former President FW de Klerk has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer that affects the tissue that lines the lungs.
His Foundation made the announcement on his 85th birthday on Thursday.
In a statement, the FW De Klerk Foundation says he will begin immunotherapy next week.
“There is no immediate threat and we are confident that the treatment will be successful.”
In October 2020, de Klerk’s son Willem de Klerk in Durbanville, Cape Town after a long battle with cancer at the age of 53.
According to mesothelioma.com, asbestos is the cause of the cancer.
The former President served as State President from 1989 to 1994 and as Deputy President from 1994 to 1996.