FW de Klerk Foundation refutes media reports on former South African president's health condition

2021-06-08 13:30:10 GMT2021-06-08 21:30:10(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CAPE TOWN, June 8 (Xinhua) -- FW de Klerk Foundation, named after former South Afrian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate FW de Klerk, on Tuesday denied media reports that the health of South Africa's last apartheid head of state is rapidly deteriorating.

Born in 1936, the foundation's founder during his presidency from September 1989 to May 1994 initiated and presided over the inclusive negotiations that led to the dismantling of apartheid established in 1948 and the adoption of South Africa's first fully democratic constitution in December 1993. He and Nelson Mandela, who later became South Africa's first black president, shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

De Klerk was diagnosed in March with mesothelioma but there has been "no discernible deterioration" in his health since then, the foundation said in a statement.

He is considering the continuation of the course of immunotherapy that he has been following for the past two months, according to the statement. Enditem