Kaya 959 Reporter
The FW de Klerk Foundation has shared a video of the 85-year-old’s last message to the people of South Africa.
The video was shared moments after announcing his passing.
In the video, FW De Klerk says:
““I, without qualification, apologise for the pain, hurt, indignity and the damage that apartheid has done to black, brown and Indians in South Africa.”
“Allow me in this last message to share with you the fact that since the early 80’s, my views have changed completely. It was as if I had a conversion and in my hearts of hearts realised that apartheid was wrong.
“I realised that we have arrived at a place which was morally unjustifiable,” De Klerk said.
The FW de Klerk Foundation has released a series of videos of his final words.
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De Klerk also spoke about how proud he is of the country’s Constitution. “I’m proud of our Constitution – the Constitution which we hammered out in the negotiations which started in 1990 – and which culminated in the final Constitution of 1996.
“I fully associate myself with the values and principles enshrined in our Constitution and I am deeply concerned about the undermining of many aspects of the Constitution which we perceive almost day to day.
“It is my plea that the government, all parties, civil society and all South Africans should once again embrace the Constitution and interpret it in the balanced way which the Constitution demands,” said De Klerk.