Thabo Mbeki claims De Klerk was unaware of UN stance on apartheid

Thabo Mbeki claims De Klerk was unaware of UN stance on apartheid

- Former president Thabo Mbeki claims that FW de Klerk was unaware that the UN had declared apartheid a crime against humanity

- Speaking on the sidelines of addressing an ANC political school, Mbeki said he had spoken to the former president

- This response has dragged Mbeki into the heated debate surrounding De Klerk's comments

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Thabo Mbeki recently revealed that he had spoken to former president FW de Klerk about his comments on apartheid. reported that the State of the Nation Address had been disrupted by the EFF, who expressed its outrage at De Klerk denying apartheid was a crime against humanity.

The Red Berets have called for De Klerk to be banned from Parliamentary occasions, demanding a probe into his actions during the oppressive regime as a result.

READ ALSO: EFF takes gloves off in fight against De Klerk in scathing statement

The FW de Klerk Foundation released a statement reiterating his earlier comments, saying:

“But was apartheid a crime against humanity? First we have to look at the origins of the charge: In November 1966 the UN General Assembly declared apartheid to be a crime against humanity - and in 1973 it adopted the Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. Both the Resolution and the Convention were political initiatives of the Soviet Union - which had itself committed atrocious crimes against humanity that involved the killing of millions of people."

But Thabo Mbeki has now brought himself centre stage in the outcry over the comments, claiming that De Klerk had been unaware of a United Nations declaration that apartheid was a crime against humanity.

Mbeki said he had approached the aging politician to ask about his stance, saying he had 'left the matter at that' when he realized that De Klerk didn't know.

Mbeki revealed that he would 'enlighten' De Klerk by sending through the documents but evidently he had been too late.

Take a look at just a few of the reactions to the situation below:

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