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ELITA DE KLERK: THROUGH MY GRIEF, I SEE SA’S TRAUMA

In a recent interview with the Vrye Weekblad, Elita De Klerk reflects on the period following the passing of former President FW de Klerk. She delves into the intricacies of navigating the profound grief of losing her husband while grappling with the pain experienced by others.

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30 Years Since The Presentation of The Nobel Peace Prize to President FW De Klerk and Nelson Mandela

Thirty years have passed since the cold winter’s day in Oslo when Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It was a time of great excitement, of great optimism and great trepidation. In South Africa negotiators were putting the final touches to the 1993 Constitution – in terms of which the first fully inclusive democratic elections would be held on 27 April 1994.

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2023 FW DE KLERK MEMORIAL LECTURE

I am very honoured to be asked to make a few comments at this second memorial lecture of FW de Klerk. I have been asked by Elita to do it, and I was asked by Dave Steward, FW’s close friend and associate, who is the chairman of the FW de Klerk Foundation in South Africa to make these remarks.

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THE FW DE KLERK FOUNDATION 2023 REPORT CARD ON CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND LANGUAGE RIGHTS

On 15 September, the FW de Klerk Foundation made a written submission to the National Council of Provinces on the National Health Insurance Bill. The Foundation analysed key failures of the NHI Bill with specific reference to the constitutional principle of the Rule of Law and rationality, the feasibility of the proposed system and governance concerns, coupled with the unfettered power of the Minister of Health (“the Minister”).

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LIKE CAESAR’S WIFE, THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR MUST BE ABOVE SUSPICION

On 29 August 2023, Kholeka Gcaleka, who is the Acting Public Protector (APP), was nominated as the candidate to succeed the disgraced Busisiwe Mkhwebane as Public Protector (PP). Mkhwebane’s predecessor, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, demonstrated how the office of Public Protector could play a crucial role in holding to account state institutions that were suspected of improper conduct. Indeed, her fearless exposure of state capture under President Jacob Zuma played a pivotal role in forcing his resignation. Sadly, Mkhwebane did not continue this proud tradition and instead mired the office in unseemly controversy after controversy, racking up an unprecedented number of judicial rebukes in the process.

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