Historical Figure- F.W. de Klerk

Frederik Willem de Klerk (F.W. de Klerk) was a former president of South Africa. He was born March 18 1936 in Johannesburg. He grew up in a political family, where his father was a Cabinet Minister and the President of the Senate of South Africa.

He graduated college from a university with a bachelors degree. Soon after graduation, he built a law practice. He got married to Marike Willemse in 1969 and had two children.

He was involved in many political events such as holding positions in the House Assembly, the National Party, and the Minister’s Council on the House Assembly.

In 1989, he becomes the state president before Nelson Mandela. De Klerk and Mandela worked together in creating agreements such as the Pretoria Minute (released thousands of political prisoners), and multi-racial elections.

In 1993, both De Klerk and Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize for beginning multi-racial elections in South Africa. One year later was the first multi-racial election.  
After de Klerk’s term is over, Mandela becomes president in 1994 and de Klerk was appointed second-vice president to Mandela.

De Klerk wrote an autobiography in 1998 called The Last Trek : A New Beginning and established the F.W. de Klerk Foundation in 2000.


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