- The former apartheid era president said that the government had abandoned non-racialism
- He also said that inequality in the country was worse than it was 25 years ago
- Despite this, de Klerk said life in South Africa was better than it was before 1994
Former president F.W. De Klerk says that South Africa is no longer non-racial society.
De Klerk, who was the final head of state under the apartheid regime, made the comments at the Cape Town Press Club.
He also said inequality was worse than it was in 1994, adding that inequality within the black community was almost as high as it was for the country as a whole.
De Klerk, who will turn 83 this year, also accused the ANC government of abandoning the ideal of non-racialism and failing to realise the ideals of the constitution. He also defended the document, saying that some South Africans had begun to incorrectly view it as a source of some of the country's current problems.
De Klerk also shared his predictions for the 2019 elections. He said that the ANC would win but that its share of the vote would dip to the mid-fifties. He added that the DA's support would stay the same and that the EFF would either hold its support or grow slightly, provided it could register enough young people, whom de Klerk said were "angry".
De Klerk ended his talk on a lighter note, however. He said that despite South Africa's challenges, he believed it was a better country to live in than it was before the transition to democracy.
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