- Advocate Dali Mpofu has received the support he wanted to launch a campaign against FW de Klerk
- The former national EFF chairperson wants the ex-president stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize
- This campaign echos the sentiments of the EFF, which called for the same in an earlier statement
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Advocate Dali Mpofu has committed to a campaign aimed at stripping former president FW de Klerk of his Nobel Peace Prize.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Red Berets had called for the same in a statement released in response to De Klerk reiterating his view that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
The former EFF national chairperson had tested the waters over the weekend to determine if there was enough interest in the campaign:
"That's It! Enough is enough! If you think apartheid was a crime against humanity please join me in a non-partisan Citizens Campaign to approach the Nobel Foundation to take back the Nobel Peace Prize from FW de Klerk! At 10 000 retweets, we launch formally! Lets go! #BringBackThePrize."
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Evidently, the notion received immense support from Mzansi, with many feeling that the elderly politician had unnecessarily provoked the nation.
Mpofu confirmed that the launch would go ahead in a more recent post to social media:
"Thanks Mzansi! We reached 10 000 retweets in 8 hours! I honestly thought it would take days! Thanks to the volunteers too... I’m told the withdrawal of a Nobel Peace Prize has never been done before. That is exactly why we are got to it! Lets go! #BringBackThePrize."
Former president Thabo Mbeki recently claimed that De Klerk had been unaware that the United Nations had declared apartheid a crime against humanity when he gave the original interview that sparked the controversy.
The ANC has joined the calls to have the apartheid era leader barred from parliamentary events, with spokesperson Pule Mabe condemning the situation.
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