- FW de Klerk has unconditionally withdrawn the statement that saw him propelled into the media spotlight once again
- The former president has apologised for justifying his opinion that apartheid was not a crime against humanity
- This comes as various campaigns attempt to have the politician's Nobel Peace Prize revoked
FW de Klerk has apologised for the statement that has seen the ageing politician in the limelight lately.
The FW de Klerk Foundation has also unconditionally withdrawn the statement which responded to the EFF's demands that he should be removed from the State of the Nation Address.
Briefly.co.za reported that former EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu had launched a campaign to have the former president's Nobel Peace Prize revoked.
In the wake of immense public outcry, De Klerk issued a statement on the matter on Monday:
"I have taken note of the vehement reaction to our response to the EFF’s attack on me at the state of the nation address on Thursday night. I agree with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation that this is not the time to quibble about the degrees of unacceptability of apartheid. It was totally unacceptable. The FW de Klerk Foundation has accordingly decided to withdraw its statement of February 14 unconditionally, and apologises for the confusion, anger and hurt that it has caused."
The statement continued to say that De Klerk had presided over the end of the oppressive regime:
"By April 27 1994, under my leadership, the whole legislative framework of apartheid had been dismantled and the way had been opened for the adoption of our present non-racial democratic constitution. However, the international crime of apartheid did not disappear with the demise of apartheid in South Africa. In 1998 it was included in the Statute of Rome, which established the International Criminal Court. In terms of article 7(1), a ‘crime against humanity’ is defined as acts 'committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack.'
The foundation insisted that it supported this provision and was 'deeply committed to national reconciliation.
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