Cape Town: Former South African president FW de Klerk has rejected accusations that former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was a racist.
De Klerk said Thatcher did not give the "slightest support for apartheid or for racial discrimination of any kind".
His remarks came on Tuesday, on the eve of the Iron Lady`s funeral, News 24 reports.
Thatcher was accused of racism because of her opposition to sanctions against the apartheid regime.
According to the report, De Klerk said she simply understood the politics at play better than most contemporaries.
De Klerk added that he consulted with Thatcher during the dying year of apartheid, to inform her about his "intention of embarking on fundamental constitutional transformation".