Government announces that flags will be flown at half-mast in honour of former president FW de Klerk. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
Government announces that flags will be flown at half-mast in honour of former president FW de Klerk. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Flags to be flown at half-mast during mourning for last apartheid president FW de Klerk

By Tarryn-Leigh Solomons Time of article published Nov 16, 2021

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Cape Town - President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a five-day mourning period in honour of the last apartheid president FW de Klerk.

As directed by Ramaphosa, the national flag will be flown at half-mast from sunset on Wednesday until Sunday evening.

“Government will at a future date host a State Memorial Service in remembrance of the former deputy president.

“Government has consulted the De Klerk family and the FW de Klerk Foundation as part of preparing for this event in which government leaders, leaders of political parties and representatives of civil society will participate,” said acting Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale.

De Klerk died at his home in Fresnaye after a long battle with mesothelioma cancer last Thursday.

Video: Kim Kay/IOL

His death, coupled with a video released by the FW de Klerk Foundation in which the 85-year-old apologised for the damage caused to non-whites during the apartheid regime, sparked mixed reactions from citizens in the country.

The EFF said they were strongly opposed to a state funeral “for a man who died without accounting for the blood on his hands”.

Video supplied: FW de Klerk Foundation

De Klerk succeeded PW Botha having served as president of the republic from September 1989 until May 1994.

The FW de Klerk Foundation has announced the cremation and funeral will take place in a private ceremony for family members on Sunday. The funeral will not be open to the media.

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