Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
16 Nov 2021
7:00 am

FW de Klerk’s integrity left at the TRC

Sydney Majoko

The debates raging over De Klerk’s legacy are not helped by the fact that he chose to leave a recorded speech to be released after his death in which he apologised to the victims of apartheid.

Former deputy president FW de Klerk. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

In the ’90s Nelson Mandela came in for a lot of criticism from his comrades for calling the recently deceased FW de Klerk a “man of integrity”. Even as far back as 30 years ago, people on the opposite side of the 66 political divide found it problematic that the man who was the last state president of apartheid South Africa could be described as a man of integrity by a man of the stature of Nelson Mandela. Mandela was quick to point out that he referred to De Klerk’s integrity in so far as keeping to his word, doing...