Frederik Willem de Klerk: the pragmatic peacemaker

SOURCE: Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.F.Houston
SOURCE EDITOR(S): A.Adebajo
KEYWORDS: AFRICA, APARTHEID, DE KLERK, F.W., NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8058

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Abstract

De Klerk is the only African of European descent to have been awarded the Novel Peace prize. What is significant about this award is that at the time he received it he was the leader of the National Party (NP) which had entrenched white minority rule through its policy of apartheid. There are two broad reasons De Klerk was awarded with this prize: liberalising the political situation and creating an environment for negotiations, He also took the necessary steps to bring an end to the apartheid era and usher in a democratic South Africa.