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F. W. de Klerk Biography 1936 – 2021


Frederik Willem de Klerk OMG DMS was a South African politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who served as state president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as deputy president from 1994 to 1996.

De Klerk was a controversial figure among many sections of South African society, all for different reasons. He received many awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize for dismantling apartheid and bringing universal suffrage to South Africa.

F. W. de Klerk

BORN: 18 March 1936

HOME TOWN: Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa

PARENT: Hendrina Cornelia Coetzer (mother) and Jan de Klerk (father)

SPOUSE: Elita Georgiades (m. 1998–2021), Marike de Klerk (m. 1959–1998)

DIED: 11 November 2021 (aged 85)

PLACE OF DEATH: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

CHILDREN: Susan de Klerk, Willem de Klerk, Jan de Klerk

OCCUPATION: Politician, Lawyer

AWARDS: de Klerk and Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for their work in ending apartheid…

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