The statement issued by Sir John Major following the death of F W de Klerk on 11 November 2021.
F W de Klerk was a man who realised that Apartheid was morally and politically wrong, and acted to bring it to an end. He freed political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, ended racial segregation and faced down hostility in his own Party.
He worked with Mr Mandela to fully dismantle Apartheid and return South Africa to democracy and the community of nations.
He deserves to be remembered as a brave politician who helped change the future of his country for the better.
11 November, 2021