- On Monday, AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said apartheid was not a crime against humanity
- He said only about 700 people were killed under apartheid
- Kriel added that he was not defending apartheid, but merely stating there were far worse systems in the world such as communism
On Monday, AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said apartheid was not a crime against humanity and that only about 700 people were killed under the system of racial segregation.
Kriel said he did not believe apartheid was a crime against humanity because it was not as bad as other systems such as communism or the Nazi’s gassing of six million Jews.
Kriel added that he was not advocating or justifying apartheid. He said: “We believed that the system infringed on the dignity of people on the basis of race. Apartheid was wrong."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kriel remained adamant that only about 700 people were killed during apartheid. While no official number exists the Human Rights Commission estimates that about 21,000 black people were killed by apartheid security forces.
Kriel was speaking to Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaiser on Monday about farm murders and AfriForum’s recent tour to the United States of America. McKaiser asked Kriel what he thought about apartheid.
Kriel later tried to clarify his statement to News24.com and said: "He asked me for my views on apartheid and I stated that we do not justify apartheid. We believed that the system infringed on the dignity of people on the basis of race."
"We do not beat around the bush about that. What I said to Eusebius is that a crime against humanity is the gassing of six million Jews in gas chambers. In my view, you cannot equate that to the 700 people that were killed by the security police during apartheid," Kriel added.
Kriel said while apartheid was wrong it could not be compared to Hitler or communism. He said apartheid could not be equated to crimes against humanity because there were no mass killings.
The Rome Statute defines apartheid as a crime against humanity.
AfriForum’s deputy president Ernst Roets has refused to comment on Kriel’s controversial comments.
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