South Africa: four days of mourning for late FW de Klerk

South African Cyril Ramaphosa has declared four days of mourning for the last white leader, Frederik Willem de Klerk, who died on November 11 from cancer.

The national mourning starts on Wednesday evening to Sunday evening and “the national flag will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect,” the presidency said.

FW de Klerk came to power in 1989 under apartheid, a system of legalised racism, but later became a key figure in the transition to democracy.

In 1993, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former president Nelson Mandela for helping to negotiate an end to apartheid.

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He will be cremated in a private ceremony on Sunday, his foundation has announced.

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