F.W. de Klerk Delivers A Message of Apology Beyond The Grave

The passing of the former state president F.W. de Klerk on Thursday morning rocked social media with mixed reactions. While everyone else had a lot to say about the last apartheid president, he also had one last thing to say after his death. 


The former apartheid president F.W. de Klerk has apologised for his role in apartheid in a seven-minute video released yesterday by his foundation, shortly after his death was announced. 

De Klerk says that he is apologising once more as the leader of the National Party, and in his personal capacity. After a long battle with cancer, the former state president died in his Cape Town home on Thursday. 

I, without qualification, apologise for the pain and hurt and the indignity and the damage that apartheid has done to black, brown and Indian people in South Africa. 

De Klerk further mentioned that he takes pride in the country’s Constitution, as its objectives were laid from 1990 and finally resulted in the country's current constitution. 

He said the National Party took far reaching measures to ensure negotiations and a new dispensation which could bring justice to all.

The 85 year old who's also the last president under the apartheid regime said, "It is my plea that the government, all parties, civil society and all South Africans should once again embrace the Constitution and interpret it in the balanced way which the Constitution demands." 

De Klerk said that, since the early 1980s, his views had changed completely.

He did not say anything about the many unanswered questions about his role in the deaths of anti-apartheid activists and the violence of the late 1980s and the early 1990s. 

He further mentioned that it is true that in his younger years, he defended separate developments as he never liked the word apartheid.  

De Klerk, however, acknowledged in the video that apartheid was wrong and morally unjustifiable. 

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