Frederik Willem de Klerk
|7th State President of South Africa|
20 September 1989 – 9 May 1994
|Preceded by||Pieter Willem Botha|
|Succeeded by||Nelson Mandela
As President of South Africa
|1st Deputy President of South Africa|
10 May 1994 – 30 June 1996
Serving with Thabo Mbeki
|Preceded by||Office Established|
|Succeeded by||Thabo Mbeki (solely)|
|Born||18 March 1936
Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
|Political party||National Party
New National Party
|Spouse(s)||Marike Willemse (1959–1998)
Elita Georgiades (1998–present)
|Children||Jan de Klerk
Willem de Klerk
Susan de Klerk
|Alma mater||Potchefstroom University|
Frederik Willem de Klerk is a South African politician. De Klerk was born in Johannesburg, on 18 March 1936. He was the president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nelson Mandela. They were given the prize for peacefully ending apartheid and setting up a new democratic South Africa. From 1994 to 1996 he was vice president of South Africa. In 1997, he retired from politics. In 2004, he left the New National Party, when it became known that it wanted to unite with the African National Congress to form a single party.
De Klerk studied to be an attorney. He finished his studies in 1958. As a student, he joined the National Party. After obtaining his degree, he was their legal counsel, until 1972. From his first marriage with Marike Willemse he has three children. Since 1998, he has been married to Elita Georgiades.
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Frederik de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos in January 1992.
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