Former President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize in 1993

Frederik Willem de Klerk was born in Johannesburg on 18 March 1936, the son of senior Cabinet Minister Jan de Klerk. After having served as a Cabinet Minister since 1978 he became State President in September 1989 in which capacity he served until President Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. During this period he initiated and presided over the inclusive negotiations that led to the dismantling of “apartheid” and the adoption of South Africa’s first fully democratic constitution in December 1993. Today, Mr De Klerk continues to work actively on the promotion of harmonious relations in multi-communal societies, the future of Africa and South Africa and the challenges facing the world today.