Former President FW de Klerk Hospitalised

FILE PHOTO: Former South African President FW de Klerk addresses a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa, July 26, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s last apartheid head of state FW de Klerk has been hospitalised, his foundation said on Saturday.

“FW de Klerk was hospitalised yesterday [Friday] at the Panorama Hospital with a condition known as pneumothorax – which is an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall,” the foundation said in a statement.

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“He underwent a successful procedure this morning and it is expected that he will be discharged from hospital some time next week.”