Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
12 Nov 2021
5:44 pm

Denying De Klerk a state send-off would be ‘unconstitutional’, ‘divisive’

Sipho Mabena

Though a 'complicated and flawed' figure, who many feel doesn't deserve a state funeral, experts say it's almost impossible to deny him this.

Later former SA president FW de Klerk (Photo by Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)

The passing of the last president of apartheid South Africa has not only stirred emotions and opened up old wounds but have also sparked a raging debate on whether he deserves an official send-off. Experts have suggested that denying the man who served as deputy president to Nelson Mandela in the government of national unity a state funeral would not only be unconstitutional and naïve, but also divisive. President Cyril Ramaphosa is yet to pronounce on the funeral status De Klerk will receive, saying he was awaiting confirmation of what De Klerk’s representatives have planned for the funeral of...