Reconciliation and Dialogue

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Almost from its inception, the FW de Klerk Foundation sought to promote reconciliation and understanding by organising dialogues between government and civil society organisations. It hosted four such dialogues with delegations led by President Thabo Mbeki and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation between October, 2002 and August 2005.

“In our quest for peace, we should constantly ask ourselves what we should do to create conditions in which peace can prosper.” FW de Klerk

FW de Klerk’s relationship with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

FW de Klerk explained his attitude to the TRC in a speech that he delivered to the University of Idaho on 1 April 2008.

FW de Klerk’s views on Reconciliation and Forgiveness

On 2 September 1997 FW de Klerk expressed his views on reconciliation and forgiveness in an epic speech that he delivered in Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

FW de Klerk’s Final Message to the South African People

In his video message that was released just after his death of 11 November 2021, FW de Klerk once again gave a heartfelt apology for apartheid and accentuated the need for national reconciliation.

Dialogues and Round tables

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Since its inception the FW de Klerk Foundation has promoted and participated in dialogue and discussions relating to constitutional issues. It has done so through its annual conferences; its conferences on national issues and the many roundtable meetings that it has hosted over the years

On 13 July, the FW de Klerk Foundation, supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), hosted a discussion on: The Rule of Law, The Constitution and South

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It is once again a great pleasure for me to address the Cape Town Press Club. I shall spend a little more time today on the past than on the future ‐ because, at the age of 84, I have much more past than future ‐ and also because the past has become an increasingly contentious issue, not only for the present ‐ but also for the future. 

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As the tide of imperialism ebbed from Africa, South Africa found itself floundering in the last pool of white rule.  We were glaringly out of step with the new international norms of non-discrimination, equality and self-determination that had been articulated in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.As the tide of imperialism ebbed from Africa, South Africa found itself floundering in the last pool of white rule.  We were glaringly out of step with the new international norms of non-discrimination, equality and self-determination that had been articulated in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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It is generally acknowledged that the first cracks in the apartheid system appeared in 1976, when the youth of Soweto (near Johannesburg) started to protest against the system that they experienced as unjust. The ANC in exile claimed credit for this uprising. This was met by stern measures by the South African government.

It is a great pleasure for me to address the youth delegates at this Nobel Peace Laureate Summit in Mérida. I have no doubt that one of the central challenges that your generation will confront will be the management of the enormous changes that you will experience during your lifetimes.

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President Walesa, Ms Tibaijuka, Minister Mohammed Al Mutawa, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. I welcome this opportunity to share my views on the importance of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance with this distinguished audience.  I would also like to commend the Oslo Centre and the Foundation for Dialogue and Peace for the role that they have played in organising this event.

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The National Foundation Dialogue Initiative

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The National Foundations Dialogue Initiative was established in April 2016 to promote a national conversation “to find lasting solutions to South Africa’s problems”. It includes the foundations of a wide spectrum of South African leaders who have contributed to the establishment of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

National Dialogue Session. Creating a platform for South Africans to envision the dream of a new South Africa.

Among them are the foundations of:

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Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

FW de Klerk

Thabo Mbeki

Helen Suzman

Desmond and Leah Tutu

Chief Albert Luthuli

Kgalema Motlanthe