Mbeki keeps promise: Sends De Klerk UN declaration on apartheid

Mbeki keeps promise: Sends De Klerk UN declaration on apartheid

- Former president Thabo Mbeki has reportedly taken the time to educate FW de Klerk

- Mbeki previously promised that he would be sending De Klerk the UN declaration that apartheid was a crime against humanity

- The controversial politician has since received the document explaining why the UN took this stance

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Former president Thabo Mbeki has shown FW de Klerk the light, so to say, and sent him the documentation declaring that apartheid was indeed a crime against humanity.

The Sunday Times reports that De Klerk had received the United Nations Convention to this effect.

This follows the apology and retraction issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation after the former president's controversial statements:

“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 The FW de Klerk Foundation has accordingly withdrawn its statement of February 14 unconditionally, and apologises for the confusion, anger and hurt it caused."

READ ALSO: FW de Klerk unconditionally withdraws statement: Apologises

During an eNCA interview, De Klerk had voiced his opinion that he disagreed with the notion that the regime he had presided over had violated South Africans to this extent.

Briefly.co.za reported that this had caused an uproar among numerous political groups including the ANC, but the EFF had taken the firmest stance against the politician.

President Cyril Ramaphosa's address had been disrupted by the Red Berets, who had insisted that De Klerk should not have been extended an invitation.

The party has since called for De Klerk's Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked and a probe launched into his actions during this dark era in the nation's history.

However, it remains unlikely that the party will successfully strip De Klerk of his award, with no other prize ever having been revoked in the history of the organisation.

The nominations for the prize remain confidential for 50 years after they have been awarded, with not even the recipients informed.

Mbeki had claimed De Klerk had not been aware of the declaration when the two had discussed his comments.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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