Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Willem de Klerk dies

Willem de Klerk, a former Rapport editor and the brother of ex-president FW de Klerk, died aged 81 in Johannesburg on Friday morning, the FW De Klerk Foundation said.

”Mr De Klerk died in the early hours of the morning. He has been ill for quite some time,” said Brenda Steyn, personal assistant to FW de Klerk.

”He died at his home in Johannesburg.”

De Klerk had been in and out of hospital in recent weeks, fighting pneumonia and several other infections.

Steyn said De Klerk’s brother would release a statement later in the day.

Willem de Klerk was a political analyst, former editor of Rapport newspaper and one of the founders of the Democratic Party.

Family spokesperson Pierre Potgieter confirmed to the Dispatch Online that De Klerk had died. — Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Related stories


If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Subscribers only

The South African Bone Marrow Registry celebrates 30 years of...

‘It’s not drilling into bones!’: Misconceptions keep donors away, says SABMR, but a match outside of a patient’s family is a needle in a haystack

R500-million Covid-19 Gauteng hospital contract was irregularly awarded — SIU

The bank accounts of Pro Service Consulting and Thenga Holdings have been frozen

More top stories

SAA takes to the skies again after 18 months grounded

After an 18-month hiatus, the national carrier has done away with major routes that would have required it to use much larger fleets

Judge John Hlophe withdraws interdict against parliament

The matter will be heard by a judge of the Johannesburg division when the matter is re-enrolled

Almost 2 000 South Africans step up to report corruption

The most-reported crimes range from extortion and abuse of authority to Covid-19 related graft, according to a new report by Corruption Watch

Nersa approves Karpowership generation licences

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has questioned why Nersa has not immediately provided its reasons for issuing the controversial generation licences

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…