South Africa's last white president De Klerk warns of threat to democracy

March 17, 2016 1:12 PM

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CAPE TOWN South Africa's constitutional democracy, formed 22 years ago, is facing a serious crisis as President Jacob Zuma and his supporters look to advance their personal interests, former president FW de Klerk said on Thursday.

De Klerk, the last white president who helped usher in the demise of white minority rule in 1994, said the dismissal Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister last year and an ongoing vendetta against Pravin Gordhan was pushing South Africa closer to a "catastrophic" ratings downgrade.

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