FW de Klerk still stands by historic speech bringing reform to SA

FW de Klerk still stands by historic speech bringing reform to SA

- Former president FW de Klerk is adamant he has no regrets about the choices he made when he was in power

- The EFF has levied criticisms against the apartheid era leader, but De Klerk stands firm in his convictions

- De Klerk says he has apologised numerous times for the injustice but highlights bringing it to an end counted for much more than an apology

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Thirty years since giving the speech that would signal the end of the apartheid regime and the dawn of democracy in South Africa, FW de Klerk has stood by his actions.

Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters had slammed the former president, adamant that he should return his Nobel Prize.

However, the former apartheid leader insists he has no regrets about the decisions he made during his tenor.

Speaking to eNCA, the former leader says nothing has changed over the years since his historic address:

“Knowing what I know today I would have made that same speech 30 years ago. It had to be done and it had to be done to bring justice, and it had to be done to avert catastrophe in SA."

De Klerk explained that the nation was on the verge of a civil war with events overseas preventing change:

“I could not have made that speech if the Berlin wall did not come down with the communist threat, which was more real than people nowadays believe. There was a real threat."

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The elderly politician denies claims that he never apologised for the wrongs committed during this dark period in Mzansi's history:

“That is wrong. I've done that [apologised] many times. Apartheid was wrong. Apartheid was morally unjustifiable. We didn't only say sorry, we took the initiative to rectify the wrongness of apartheid and to bring justice to all in SA."

De Klerk says that despite the hardships endured in present times, blaming everything on the regime was not the way to go:

“I sincerely believe that apartheid left marks which are still visible today and which people still feel, but to blame everything which is wrong in SA today, after 25 years, on apartheid is also not true.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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