- The EFF's recent comments on FW de Klerk have been met with split reviews by the nation's politicians
- Zindzi Mandela has condemned the ANC for the situation, saying that she is "heartbroken"
- The Red Berets had slammed the former president for saying that apartheid wasn't a crime against humanity
Economic Freedom Fighters have cast a spotlight on FW de Klerk recently, culminating with the State of the Nation Address.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Red Berets had insisted De Klerk leave the ceremony, with leader Julius Malema dubbing him a murderer:
"Speaker, I am willing to accept that the ANC is defending De Klerk in this house and South Africa should see the ANC for what it is: the defenders of De Klerk, clapping hands for De Klerk, defenders of a murderer."
This backlash had come after an SABC interview with the politician, who had disagreed that apartheid was a crime against humanity:
“I don’t fully agree with that (it was evil and a crime against humanity), and I am not justifying apartheid in anyway. It did, and profusely apologised for that, but there’s a difference in calling something a crime, like genocide, is a crime, apartheid cannot be, and that is why I am saying this. It can never be compared with genocide, there was never genocide."
When National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise had refused to remove De Klerk, criticism was levied against the ANC.
South Africa's ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela, blasted the ruling party's decision:
“As a loyal and dedicated member of the ANC I am heartbroken this happened to my mother and many others under De Klerk's watch. According to his interview, he justified this, therefore saying that my mother and others deserved this aggression. What do we stand for?”
Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has defended the decision, saying that it was the right move with De Klerk forming a part of the 1994 Government of Unity and that reconciliation had taken place.
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