Alumni - FW de Klerk

Alumni awardFW de Klerk

Mr Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk: promoting peace and reconciliation

Former President FW de Klerk is a great reformer. As State President he played a leading role in bringing about democracy in the new South Africa.  

His remarkable leadership has been honoured across the globe. Over and above the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr de Klerk has received the South African Order of Merit, Prix du Courage Internationale (prize for political courage) and the Philadelphia Peace Prize.

In 2004, Mr de Klerk was one of the founding members of the World Leadership Foundation (WLF), a non-profit organisation that seeks to play a constructive role in promoting peace, democracy and development in countries worldwide.

His leadership qualities became apparent while he was still a student at the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. He took an active interest in student affairs and graduated in 1958 with BA and LLB degrees (cum laude).