In episode 6 of the FW de Klerk Foundation’s exclusive biographical videos on former President FW de Klerk, viewers will continue to learn about the period between 1984 and 1988, with a particular focus on the factors that led to transformation:

  • The success of the State of Emergency and the restoration of order
  • The sanctions and international isolation
  • The battles in Southern Angola
  • The Soviet decision to withdraw from Southern Africa 
  • The Tripartite Agreement of 1988
  • The Implementation of the UN Independence Plan in Namibia
  • The acceptance by all sides that there could not be a military/revolutionary solution
  • The changing of white attitudes


Spanning 1936 to 1988, the first 5 episodes covered Mr De Klerk’s childhood; education; early career as an attorney and in government; the split of the National Party; the campaign against Andries Treurnicht and the Right Wing; Mr De Klerk’s role in the House of Assembly and later as Minister of National Education, and more. Released for the first time on what would have been FW de Klerk’s 87th birthday on 18 March, the series of 17 exclusive video interviews features the former President sharing his memories of his life and career with FW de Klerk Foundation Chairman and long-time associate and friend, Dave Steward. The Foundation will continue to release a new episode every two weeks to provide a useful resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about the crucial role that FW de Klerk played in the constitutional transformation of South Africa.

Click here to learn about upcoming episodes.