Frederik Willem de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa has died of Cancer at 85 years. FW de Klerk was the president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994. He was the president that handed over the presidency to the late Nelson Madiba Mandela in 1994.
He is a very historical figure in the history of South Africa since he shares history with Nelson Mandela. It was FW de Klerk that announced the release of Nelson Madiba Mandela the anti-apartheid leader who saw south Africa transition into a democratic country. Though he shares a noble peace prize with Nelson Mandela; his win still holds mixed opinions in South Africa. However he received a compliment from Nelson Mandela as a man of integrity.
Frederik Willem de Klerk was born in Johannesburg in 1936. As an Afrikaner, he worked as a lawyer in South Africa before working in several ministerial positions that saw him transition into the position of head of state in February 1989. He retired from politics in 1997 in what he said was in the best interest of his party and the country.