F.W. de Klerk: ‘South Africa is in good hands now’


The scandal-tainted reign of Jacob Zuma that dragged the rainbow nation’s reputation and economy into the gutter is finally over, and F.W. de Klerk, who was president from 1989 to 1994, could not be happier with his replacement.

“Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa has seen life from all sides,” said de Klerk, talking to CNN at the Global Leadership Foundation in London.

“He has been a trade unionist. He has been a politician — he was the main negotiator for our new constitution — and then he broke away from politics for a number of years and became the third richest black South African in an honest and transparent way.”

“Ramaphosa understands business, he understands the economy, and he is committed to achieving economic growth.”

De Klerk, 82, remembers the new president as a formidable sparring partner on…

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