I would sincerely like to thank all those – including many prominent residents of the Cape – who have supported this initiative.

I would, however, like to stress that this is not an honour that I sought – since in my heart I am not at all sure that, with one or two exceptions, geographic locations should be renamed in honour of living people.

I would nevertheless be prepared to accept the honour – not on my own behalf but on behalf of all those who supported my efforts while I was President to negotiate a new non-racial constitutional democracy for all our people.”

Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation
14 August 2014

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