Last updated: 9 february, 2010 - 13:49 GMT

FW de Klerk - Agent of change

Frederik de Klerk, the last white president of apartheid South Africa from 1989 to 1994, holds a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of his historic address to parliament announcing the release of Nelson Mandela on February 2, 2010 in Cape Town.

One man instrumental in dismantling apartheid, despite being a part of the racist system, was former South African president FW de Klerk.

It was his government that ordered Mr Mandela's release.

As part of our special coverage to mark twenty years since Nelson Mandela walked free from 27 years in prison, we talked to the former president about that critical time in South African history.

Part one - Moving towards a free South Africa

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Part two - Relationship with Mandela

BBC's Peter Ndoro asked Mr de Klerk what sort of relationship the two men had over the years.

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Mandela: Twenty years free

The Rivonia Trial

  • At his trial in April 1964 Nelson Mandela made this famous plea for equality

  • "The apartheid supporting media spoke about only one possible sentence - death"

  • Ahmed Kathrada was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela in 1964

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