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What’s the legacy of South Africa’s last apartheid-era president?

Death of FW de Klerk draws mixed reactions in South Africa and beyond.

South Africa’s last white president, FW de Klerk, has died of cancer at the age of 85.

He was jointly awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela for dismantling the system of racial segregation known as apartheid.

Some praised him for ending white minority rule, while others called him a traitor.

Despite becoming a democracy, South Africa continues to be one of the most divided and unequal countries in the world.

What legacy does de Klerk leave behind?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Thembisa Fakude – Senior research fellow, Africa Asia Dialogues

Kim Heller – Political analyst and author, No White Lies: Black Politics and White Power in South Africa

Mosiuoa Lekota – Member of the South African parliament