- The Economic Freedom Fighters have called on FW de Klerk to return his Nobel Prize
- South Africa recently commemorated the 30-year anniversary of the former president's historic speech
- Briefly.co.za explores the reasons why the Red Berets feel it was all a farce
Thirty years ago, FW de Klerk gave the speech that would mark the end of apartheid and grant freedom to Nelson Mandela.
But the Economic Freedom Fighters are adamant the former president has blood on his hands and should return the Nobel Prize he won.
In a statement released on the anniversary, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi explained the apartheid government, under De Klerk's rule, was responsible for too many massacres:
“Seeing that God has given him a long life, De Klerk can still repent and admit to his role in the crimes against humanity committed by his regime, under his watch, including the gruesome activities of Vlakplaas. We call on De Klerk to return the Nobel Peace Prize because there is blood on his hands, he is not a peacemaker. No one should ever be awarded for asking victims of apartheid to make peace with apartheid. Apartheid is a crime against humanity and its leaders are no peacemakers.”
The Red Berets rejected the notion that De Klerk had unbanned political parties and release of prisoners willingly:
“The apartheid regime was in denial, imposing states of emergency that lasted most of the ’80s. However, the mass power of the people collapsed apartheid, even the governments of the world that imposed sanctions on apartheid did so due to the grassroots and mass-based international solidarity movement. There is, therefore, no grounds to imagine that De Klerk unbanned liberation political parties. This also means he does not deserve the Nobel Prize, as his contribution to a peaceful transition in SA is questionable.”
Briefly.co.za reported that De Klerk had unbanned parties like the ANC during the speech, allowing for the return of those in exile.
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