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Reconciliation and Dialogue


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 Truth and Reconciliation Commission 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

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



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The National Foundation Dialogue Initiative


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:


FW de Klerk

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

Desmond and Leah Tutu

Thabo Mbeki

Helen Suzman

Kgalema Motlanthe

Chief Albert Luthuli