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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Heart op for South Africa ex-leader

Published 02/07/2013|09:38

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Former South African president FW de Klerk is to be fitted with a pacemaker

FW de Klerk, the last leader of apartheid-era South Africa and a co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, is to be fitted with a pacemaker after falling ill.

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Former president Mr de Klerk, 77, felt dizzy after returning home from Europe on Sunday. He has suffered several similar spells of dizziness in recent weeks.

He will have a pacemaker implanted on Tuesday to help his heart function and will spend the night in hospital.

He and his wife Elita previously announced they were suspending a working visit and holiday in Europe because Mr Mandela is critically ill.

Mr de Klerk and the anti-apartheid leader led negotiations that ended white racist rule.

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