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Frederik Willem de KlerkFrederik Willem de Klerk was born into a politically active Afrikaans family and after undergoing a local education he graduated with a bachelor of laws degree from Potchefstroom University in 1958. As a trained attorney he practiced law in the Transvaal for ten years until he stood for election and duly won the Vereeniging seat in 1969. By 1978 he became a cabinet minister and on 15th August 1989 he was sworn in as the State President of South Africa. Once in the top post there was a sudden pendulum swing in South African politics whereby the once conservative De Klerk announced that his plan was to change the Apartheid regime to a less racially divisive democracy. He freed Nelson Mandela and made good on his word of dismantling Apartheid and he was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. During his political career he was known for his eloquent negotiating skills so it was most interesting researching and selecting my compilation of seven of the best Frederik Willem de Klerk quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Frederik Willem De Klerk
  • Born: 18th March 1936, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Occupation: Politician
  • Highest office attained: State President of South Africa
  • Famous for: Dismantling apartheid leading to a non racial democracy
  • Political party: National party
  • Trivia: He is the last surviving State President of South Africa

"Peace does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign"

Frederik Willem de Klerk

"Are we caught up on a treadmill of history, turning forever on the axle of mindless aggression and self-destruction"

Frederik Willem de Klerk

"I believe that first impressions are very important"

Frederik Willem de Klerk

"President Mandela was not a hands-on president at any time"

Frederik Willem de Klerk

"You cannot say we are a healthy, dynamic democracy when one party wins almost two-thirds of the vote"

Frederik Willem de Klerk

"When I first met Mandela, we did not discuss anything of substance; We just felt each other out"

Frederik Willem de Klerk

"When I talk about the end of apartheid, I prefer not to claim the honour that I have ended it"

Frederik Willem de Klerk





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