Funeral service for FW de Klerk held on Sunday in Cape Town

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A funeral service for the last president of the apartheid era, and deputy president in the first democratic government , FW de Klerk, was held in private on Sunday.

The media was not allowed to attend with no information provided as to where and what time the service would take place.

De Klerk died of cancer at his home in Fresnaye in Cape Town last week at the age of 85.

Flags have been flying half-mast since Wednesday as a sign of respect.

The Presidency says government will hold a State Memorial Service to remember De Klerk.

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The De Klerk Foundation released a video on social media in which former deputy president FW de Klerk again apologises to South Africans for apartheid in an emotional last message.  

In the clip, de Klerk apologises unreservedly for apartheid and acknowledges the hurt and wrongs caused by the system.  

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‘Mixed feelings’

Professor of Journalism at Wits University, Anton Harber says, “I have strong recollections of the brutality, the horrors, the censorship, the long periods of detention, the killings and the assassinations that happened while de Klerk was in government. So, one looks at his death with mixed feelings. It’s clearly a complicated and mixed heritage that he leaves behind him.” 

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