December 11, 2013

A Moment of Praise for F.W. de Klerk

Barbara McDougall, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

Most particularly, I think of F.W. de Klerk, elected leader of South Africa’s National Party and therefore president of the country in 1990. His first act as president was to free Mr. Mandela and those of his political colleagues still in prison.

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TAGGED: Africa, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, F.W. De Klerk


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