Uhuru condoles with South Africa over ex-president Klerk’s death

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday condoled with South Africa following the death of former President Frederik Willem de Klerk.

In his message, Uhuru remembered Klerk for playing a key role in ensuring a smooth transition of the country from apartheid to a democracy.

He was South Africa’s last white president.

“His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and comfort to President @CyrilRamaphosa and the people of the Republic of South Africa following the death of the country’s former Head of State Frederik Willem de Klerk,” a statement from State House said.

“Mr de Klerk, 85, served as South Africa’s Head of State between 1989 and 1994, and played a key role in the country’s transition to democracy from apartheid, a feat that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 alongside former President Nelson Mandela.”

Klerk was head of state between September 1989 and May 1994.

His death was announced on Thursday, November 11, by his foundation.

He died at his home in Fresnaye.

“It is with the deepest sadness that the FW de Klerk Foundation must announce that former President FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye earlier this morning following his struggle again,” the statement said.

The foundation will announce burial arrangements at a later date.

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