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F.W. de Klerk Edit Profile

also known as Frederik Willem De Klerk

president of South Africa

F.W. de Klerk, former President of South Africa. Decorated Order of Mapungubwe South Africa; named Man of Year, TIME magazine, 1993; recipient Prix de Courage International, France, 1992, Nobel Peace prize, 1993, Liberty Medal, Philadelphia, 1993.


Klerk, F.W. de was born on March 18, 1936 in Johannesburg.


Bachelor, Potchefstroom University Christian Higher Education, South Africa. Bachelor of Laws cum laude, Potchefstroom University Christian Higher Education, South Africa, 1958.


Private practice attorney, Vereeniging, South Africa, 1961—1972. Member of Parliament for Vereeniging Republic of South Africa, 1972—1989, minister of post and telecommunications, sport and recreation, 1978—1979, minister mines, energy and environmental planning, 1979—1980, minister mineral and energy affairs, 1980-1982, minister internal affairs, 1982-1985, minister national education and planning, 1984-1989. State president South Africa, 1989-1994.

Deputy president South Africa, 1994-1996. Transvaal leader National Party, 1982—1989, leader, 1989—1997. Chairman Ministers’ council House of Assembly, 1985—1986, leader, 1986.

Founder FW de Klerk Foundation, 1999. Founding chairman Global Leadership Foundation, London, since 2004. Honorary chairman Prague Society International Co-operation.

Assembly member Parliament of Cultures, Istanbul. Member Forum 2000.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, reading, outdoors.


Son of Jan de Klerk and Corrie Coetzer. Married Marike Willemse, April 1969. 3 children; Married Elita Lanaras Georgiadis, November 1998.

Jan Klerk

Marike Willemse

Elita Lanaras Georgiadis