Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president who died on Thursday aged 85 after a battle with cancer, will be buried on November 21 in a private ceremony, his foundation said in a statement on Sunday.
“The FW de Klerk Foundation wishes to announce that FW de Klerk’s cremation and funeral will take place on Sunday, 21 November,” it said in a statement.
“It will be a private ceremony for family members and will not be open to media,” it said, providing no further detail.
There was argument against him being granted a state funeral. His foundation in a statement confirmed he is not set to enjoy such privilege.
De Klerk, won praise worldwide for his role in scrapping apartheid and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993.
There are conflicting emotions from the country’s Black population who remain angered by his actions during apartheid and for his failure to curb political violence in the run up to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.
After his death, his foundation published a video in which he apologised for crimes against other ethnic groups during decades of white minority rule in South Africa.
He had previously refused to apologise, saying he did not believe apartheid was a crime against humanity.