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Former South African Leader, Key Player in Ending Apartheid Hospitalized

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Former South African Leader, Key Player in Ending Apartheid Hospitalized

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Former President of South Africa Frederim Willem de Klerk has been hospitalized for pneumothorax, a lung condition that involves “an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall.”

His foundation reported Saturday that he has undergone a successful surgery at a Cape Town hospital and is expected to be released by next next week.

Former President Frederik Willem de Klerk is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate along with Nelson Mandela, who he released from prison, for their work involved in moving away from Apartheid rule. De Klerk, the last white president of South Africa, is now 82 years old.

Caiman Cotton is a lead contributor for The Daily Lead.

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