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South Africa: Apartheid-era leader falls ill



Published: Tue, July 2, 2013 @ 12:20 p.m.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — F.W. de Klerk, the last leader of South Africa's apartheid era and a co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, has suffered dizziness and will be fitted with a pacemaker to help his heart function, a foundation said today.

A Cape Town-based foundation named after 77-year-old de Klerk said the former president felt dizzy after returning home on Sunday from a trip to Europe, and consulted his specialist on Monday.

"He has had several such spells in recent weeks and his specialist recommended the immediate installation of a pacemaker. He will be fitted with a pacemaker later today and will spend the night in hospital," the foundation said in a statement.

South Africa's president released a statement today wishing the former leader a speedy recovery.

"We wish the former president well during this difficult time. Let us keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers," Jacob Zuma said.


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