FW de Klerk Foundation

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The FW de Klerk Foundation is a nonpartisan organization that was established in 2000 by former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk.

It promotes peaceful activities in "multi-community" countries and seeks to nurture the fledgling democracy of South Africa. Its foundational principles are based upon those of the South African constitution, multi-party democracy and free-market economics.

The Executive Director of the Foundation is Dave Steward (who was De Klerk's chief of cabinet during his tenure as president as well). The Foundation was involved in 2006 in the resolution of tensions concerning a directive by the Police Commissioner in the Western Cape Province that English be the sole language medium for police documentation even in primarily non-English speaking areas of the Province.

The Foundation also incorporates its Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) as a unit of the Foundation – dedicated to upholding the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution). To this end, the CFCR seeks to promote the values, rights and principles provided for in the Constitution, to monitor developments including policy and draft legislation that might affect the Constitution and the values, rights or principles provided therein, to inform people and organisations of their constitutional rights and to assist them in claiming their rights. The CFCR is headed by Advocate Johan Kruger as Director of the CFCR and advised by an eminent group of constitutional experts under the patronage of the Honourable Justice Ian Farlam, retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal.


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