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The FW de Klerk Foundation writes regular articles on topical issues, supports language and cultural rights and participates in the national debate on racial and cultural issues. The Foundation also promotes communication by holding conferences and workshops.

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It’s not unusual to hear people say “Cyril is not moving fast enough to fight and end State capture and corruption”. He should have sent so and so “to jail long ago…”

But is it that simple? And what is really happening?

One can accept President Ramaphosa’s bona fides that corruption and State capture must be stopped. He was and is on record that he is serious about it. His own actions and those of his close allies (such as Pravin Gordhan with the lifestyle audits for SOEs), testify to this.

A senior business leader recently shared with me while we were on a plane that the President estimates that there are 700 key posts in the public service occupied by Zuma confidants. So far this year, 150 better people have already been appointed, but the number that remain is still massive.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation has noted with deep concern the majority decision of the Constitutional Review Committee yesterday to recommend to Parliament the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution. 

The decision to amend the Constitution “to make explicit that which is implicit… Expropriation of land without Compensation as a legitimate option for Land Reform” is both substantively and procedurally wrong.  It is clear that the outcome of the so-called democratic process was decided before the process began. The majority of the Committee did not take into account at all the very sensible and correct arguments of those who are opposed to expropriation without compensation (EWC), but rather followed an ideological and party-political line. The majority of the Committee has pushed the recommendation through, and in doing so has counted views rather than weighing them. This will cost the country dearly.


Friday, November 16, will mark exactly nine months since President Ramaphosa delivered his maiden speech in Parliament. Amid non-stop news, it is perhaps good to take a quiet moment and to evaluate how the “new dawn” looks after nine months (and it was perhaps just as exhausting as a difficult pregnancy!).

On 16 February, the new President made a number of commitments to the representatives of South Africa's people (and thereby to all of us). Some of these were commitments that were already in the works under former Cabinet members, and others were clearly his own. In many cases, he placed his own stamp on these commitments.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation welcomes the decision by Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, to resign with immediate effect (as we have argued on 2 November). Amid mounting charges of having lied under oath, violating the Constitution and being found to be in contravention of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act by the Public Protector, Minister Gigaba leaves Cabinet under a very dark cloud.

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The FW de Klerk Foundation is delighted to announce that former President FW de Klerk was discharged from Panorama Mediclinic in Cape Town this afternoon, following a successful procedure on Saturday to treat pneumothorax. 

Mr and Mrs De Klerk, as well as the Foundation, would like to express their sincere thanks for all the good wishes and messages of support they have received over the past few days.

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FW de Klerk was hospitalised yesterday at the Panorama Hospital with a condition known as pneumothorax - which is an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall.  He underwent a successful procedure this morning and it is expected that he will be discharged from hospital some time next week.


The FW de Klerk Foundation will today, Friday 26 October 2018, appear before the Constitutional Review Committee to make a presentation on its earlier submission on the possible amendment to section 25 of the Constitution. The Foundation regards this question as being of central importance to the future of South Africa - not only for successful land reform, but also for the future of property rights, the future of the economy, and the future of race relations in South Africa. 

Together with numerous respected jurists, including the late Arthur Chaskalson CJ, as well as the High Level Panel appointed by Parliament and led by former President Kgalema Motlanthe, the Foundation believes that it is not necessary to change section 25 of the Constitution to achieve land reform and extend property rights to all South Africans. 


The FW de Klerk Foundation welcomes, with cautious optimism, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of a Commission of Inquiry into alleged impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The appointment of the Commission is an important affirmation of the President’s powers, as granted by the Constitution. The wide-ranging terms of reference include the investigation into various allegations of improprieties linked to PIC investments. It also extends to the conduct of past and present office-bearers and staff, including the functioning of its Board. Of concern though, is the limited temporal scope of the work of the Commission - from 1 January 2015 to 31 August 2018, which excludes from scrutiny, any questionable deals conducted in that period. 

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