FW de Klerk

Former South African state President FW de Klerk. Image by Flickr

FW de Klerk death: “What a demonic man” – Mzansi reacts

Never speak ill of the dead? Mzansi has absolutely thrashed the late FW de Klerk. “I thought he died a few years ago,” said one reaction.

FW de Klerk

Former South African state President FW de Klerk. Image by Flickr

FW de Klerk died on Thursday 11 November 2021 aged 85 after a long illness. The news duly claimed a top trend on Twitter as South Africans mercilessly attacked the former DA leader.


As The South African reported on Thursday, the former Democratic Alliance leader passed away. His Foundation revealed he died at his home in Cape Town following a struggle with mesothelioma cancer.

The 85-year-old was Mzansi’s head of state during the Apartheid years between 1989 to 1994.

“The former president died earlier this morning at his home in Fresnaye after his struggle against cancer. He was 85-years-old. He is survived by his wife Elita, two children Susan and Jan, and his grandchildren,” they said in a statement on 11 November.

The news dominated social media with over 35,000 tweets.

The update was soon followed by an apology from the late FW de Klerk for the pain Apartheid inflicted on South Africa’s black, coloured and Indian citizens.

“Let me today, in the last message repeat: I, without qualification, apologise for the pain and the hurt, and the indignity, and the damage, to black, brown, and Indians in South Africa,” the late statesman said.


South Africans launched into a tirade of attacks that basically suggested FW de Klerk’s life and legacy deserve zero honour.

Some of the tweets that enjoyed high engagement included:

“De Klerk is so strategic that he wanted that “apology” video to be released AFTER his death. That way he can’t be questioned and most people around the world will just accept that he died “remorseful.”

“Also note the painting of the Black girl behind him. What a demonic man,” @NonhleBeryl said.

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