In episode 7 of the FW de Klerk Foundation’s exclusive biographical videos on former President FW de Klerk, viewers will learn about the events of the momentous year of 1989, namely:

  • His election as Leader of the National Party
  • His overseas visits – His stand-off with President PW Botha and PWB’s resignation
  • Mr De Klerk’s experience when acting as President
  • The National Intelligence talks with the ANC in Geneva
  • The September 1989 election
  • Mr De Klerk’s inauguration as State President

Spanning 1936 to 1988, the first 6 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; the battles in Southern Angola; The Tripartite Agreement of 1988 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 he played in the constitutional transformation of South Africa.

Click here to learn about upcoming episodes.