South Africa’s last white European president, FW de Klerk, who committed atrocious apartheid crimes against humanity, has died in Cape Town, aged 85.
According to a statement released by his Foundation, de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye earlier this morning following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.
De Klerk, who jointly won the Nobel peace prize with Nelson Mandela, leaves behind a bitter legacy in a country still scarred by the long lasting consequences of white minority rule which he helped sustain. Among many other things that he’ll be remembered for – he also helped to dismantle South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme.
In one of his most dehumanizing remarks he made publicly, de Klerk said that Apartheid was not a crime against humanity. Fast-forward to his last days here on earth, de Klerk’s sentiments appear to have changed slightly in a video message he recorded.