The Biographical Videos – Episode 4

Minister Under PW Botha; Reform Measures; Split of the NP and Campaigning (1978 – 1982)

In episode 4 of the FW de Klerk Foundation’s exclusive biographical videos on the life and work of former President FW de Klerk, viewers will learn about the period between 1978 and 1982, including his time as Minister under PW Botha; reform measures; the split of the National Party; as well as the Campaign against Andries Treurnicht and the Right Wing.

Spanning 1936 to 1978, episodes 1, 2 and 3 covered Mr De Klerk’s childhood, family, schooling, tertiary education, career as an attorney in Vereeniging and his time as a back bencher and junior Minister in Prime Minister John Vorster’s Government.

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 feature 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 and hopes that the videos – together with the proposed FW de Klerk Archive – will contribute towards the preservation of FW de Klerk’s legacy and provide a useful resource for scholars, historians and anyone 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.