- The ANC has called on Parliament to rethink inviting former president FW de Klerk to events again
- This comes as the debate around the EFF's position on the politician continues to spark strong reactions in Mzansi
- Spokesperson Pule Mabe is adamant that the ANC cannot be perceived as not taking action
The ANC has seemingly sided with the Economic Freedom Fighters over barring FW de Klerk from attending parliamentary events.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ruling party had condemned the former president's comment that apartheid wasn't a crime against humanity.
eNCA spoke to ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe, who said the party cannot be viewed as not taking action:
"It is expected that our own members of Parliament reflect on this and begin to say what do you do with individuals who knowingly go out and spit in the face of our people and want to deny that apartheid was a crime against humanity when an international body like the UN had already spoken."
Mabe says that it is important for the party to take decisive action over this sensitive issue:
"It is important that when reflections are made by those that have been deployed in Parliament to take strong actions that suggest if there is this kind of denialism there is no way that they can be associated with those that deny that there had been a groundswell attack on the integrity and standing on our people on a system called apartheid. In the statement that we issued, we reflected on a number of people that may have been killed as a result of apartheid."
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli claims the disruption at the State of the Nation Address had been a deflection:
"As Parliament, we do not get into debates on people's views are during this period. Our job is to invite, as we have done in the past former presidents and this is what we have done. ...We are exercising the responsibility to inform people. It's a deflection, the critical point is that president De Klerk, like president Thabo Mbeki, president Zuma, president Motlanthe and president Mandela when he lived, are on the list of people who are continually invited."
But, according to Tsenoli, immunity cannot be given to individuals who enrage the nation:
"We do not give diplomatic immunity to those we invite if they say wrong things or whatever things they say, for us it’s not in the interest of Parliament to then change our minds."
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