In history: Mandela and De Klerk jointly awarded UNESCO peace prize

In history: Mandela and De Klerk jointly awarded UNESCO peace prize

- On this day 28 years ago, De Klerk and Mandela accepted a joint award

- The Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize was presented to the pair for the role they played during apartheid

- The controversial De Klerk has, in recent times, been called on to return his awards

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On this day in 1992, former president FW de Klerk and African National Congress leader, Nelson Mandela, were jointly awarded the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize at the UNESCO headquarters in France. The award was given to them for their role in ending apartheid.

The pair were praised for being able to see the end of the discrimination with minimal bloodshed. The prize, awarded for the first time by an 11-person panel chaired by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, was named after the president of the Ivory Coast.

In history: Mandela and De Klerk jointly awarded UNESCO peace prize

In history: Mandela and De Klerk jointly awarded UNESCO peace prize
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Meanwhile, the publication previously reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters have called on FW de Klerk to return his Nobel Prize. The controversial figure won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Mandela again for bringing universal suffrage to South Africa. However, anti-apartheid activists criticised him for ignoring the human rights abuses carried out by his state security forces. The right wing were also unhappy with him for his role in abandoning white minority rule.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the Red Berets were adamant the former president has blood on his hands and should return the Nobel Prize he won.

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Malema's party rejected the notion that De Klerk had unbanned political parties and release of prisoners willingly.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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