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Next on De Klerk’s to-do list: find out how the EFF thugs got a free pass

Since the Sona debacle he has shown a sensitivity to public opinion, but his problems are closer to home

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Last November, before an international audience gathered in Cape Town, I conducted an interview with former president FW de Klerk.

One of the issues I canvassed with him was his take on the age-old issue of whether it is historical forces or individuals who change the course of history, or some combination of both.

Cyril Ramaphosa, days before the Sona spectacle last week, on the 30th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela, attributed that single shape-shifting event to the forces arrayed against De Klerk in 1990 and definitely not to the “goodness of his heart”...

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