S. Africa’s Former President de Klerk to Be Hospitalized
Frederik Willem de Klerk, South Africa last apartheid-era president, will be hospitalized today to fit a heart pacemaker after a bout of dizzy spells, his foundation said.
De Klerk will spend one night in the hospital, the Cape Town-based FW de Klerk Foundation said in an e-mailed statement.
“Mr De Klerk felt dizzy and saw his specialist yesterday,” it said. “He has had several such spells in recent weeks and his specialist recommended the immediate installation of a pacemaker.”
De Klerk, 77, became president in 1989 and months later lifted a ban on the African National Congress and released Nelson Mandela after spending 27 years in prison for opposing white-minority rule. The two men jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and Mandela became president in the first all-race elections a year later.
Mandela, who is due to turn 95 this month, remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital after being admitted to the intensive-care unit for a recurring lung infection on June 8.
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