In 1993, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Nelson Mandela and former President of South Africa during the Apartheid era, F.W. de Klerk. It was given to them "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa".
De Klerk was responsible for letting Mandela out of prison. He is also known for brokering the end of Apartheid and ushering in a multi-racial democracy in South Africa.