Quotes by: F. W. de Klerk

His Excellency
F. W. de Klerk
De Klerk in 2012
State President of South Africa
In office
15 August 1989 – 10 May 1994
Preceded by P. W. Botha
Succeeded by Nelson Mandela
As President of South Africa
Deputy President of South Africa
In office
10 May 1994 – 30 June 1996
Serving with Thabo Mbeki
President Nelson Mandela
Preceded by Alwyn Schlebusch
As Vice State President
Succeeded by
Thabo Mbeki (solely) Jacob Zuma
Personal details
Born Frederik Willem de Klerk
(1936-03-18) 18 March 1936 (age 80)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party National Party
Marike Willemse (1959–1996) Elita Georgiadis (1999–present)
Relations Johannes de Klerk (father)
Jan Willem Susan
Residence Cape Town, Western Cape
Alma mater Potchefstroom University
Occupation Politician
Profession Attorney
Religion Reformed

What I haven't apologised for is the original concept of seeking to bring justice to all South Africans through the concept of nation states.
F. W. de Klerk
You cannot say we are a healthy, dynamic democracy when one party wins almost two-thirds of the vote.
F. W. de Klerk
My predecessor, P. W. Botha, had an inner circle, and I did not like it. I preferred decisions to evolve out of cabinet discussions. That way, we achieved real co-ownership of our policies.
F. W. de Klerk
The government that came into power after the April 1994 elections was going to need a budget. It was drafted by our finance minister, Derek Keys, and he convinced them of the necessity to stay within the free-market principles that had been in force in South Africa for decades.
F. W. de Klerk
I have made the most profound apology in front of the Truth Commission and on other occasions about the injustices which were wrought by apartheid.
F. W. de Klerk
The relationship between me and President Mandela right at the beginning was not a very well-established relationship. It was based on two meetings.
F. W. de Klerk
When I first met Mandela, we did not discuss anything of substance; we just felt each other out. He spent a long time expressing his admiration for the Boer generals and how ingenious they were during the Anglo-Boer war.
F. W. de Klerk
The ANC party from time to time comes with legislation which, if accepted and if not nullified by the constitution of court, would have the effect of undermining the constitution and eroding its values.
F. W. de Klerk
I played an integral part in helpings formulating that new vision... that we must abandon apartheid and accept one united South Africa with equal rights for all, with all forms of discrimination to be scrapped from the statute book.
F. W. de Klerk
In our quest for peace, we should constantly ask ourselves what we should do to create conditions in which peace can prosper.
F. W. de Klerk
I felt a sense of fulfillment that an action plan, which I'd laid on the table on the 2nd of February 1990, had been fulfilled, had been properly implemented within the time frame which I envisaged.
F. W. de Klerk
It was fortunate in looking back for South Africa and its entire people that Mandela and I found it possible to work together even though big strains developed between us from time to time.
F. W. de Klerk
The question that we must ask is whether we are making progress toward the goal of universal peace. Or are we caught up on a treadmill of history, turning forever on the axle of mindless aggression and self-destruction?
F. W. de Klerk
It was an honour for me to have been able to work with Mr. Mandela in the process that led to the adoption of the interim constitution and our first democratic elections in April 1994.
F. W. de Klerk
Above all, we owe it to the children of the world to stop the conflicts and to create new horizons for them.
F. W. de Klerk
When I talk about the end of apartheid, I prefer not to claim the honor that I have ended it.
F. W. de Klerk

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