FW de Klerk’s death stirred debate in South Africa as the public wondered whether or not he will be accorded a state funeral.
But this speculation has been put to rest after the FW de Klerk Foundation announced on Sunday that the cremation and funeral will take place on Sunday, November 21 2021.
“The FW de Klerk Foundation wishes to announce that FW de Klerk’s cremation and funeral will take place on Sunday, 21 November,” it said in statement.
According to the foundation, “It will be a private ceremony for family members and will not be open to the media.”
De Klerk also apologised for his role in apartheid and the crimes committed to people of colour in a seven-minute video released by his foundation shortly after his death was announced.
“I, without qualification, apologise for the pain and the hurt and the indignity and the damage that apartheid has done to black, brown and Indians in South Africa,” he expressed.
De Klerk died at the age of 85 on Thursday, November 11 at his home in Fresnaye, Cape Town after a battle with cancer.
This news was shared in a statement by the foundation, which read: “It is with the deepest sadness that the FW de Klerk Foundation must announce that former President FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye earlier this morning following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer. Mr De Klerk was 85 years old. He is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan and his grandchildren.”