- The EFF has laid a charge of hate speech against former president FW de Klerk
- The Red Berets have opted to challenge De Klerk over his infamous apartheid comments in court
- Secretary-general Marshall Dlamini opened the case against the ex-president over the weekend
The Economic Freedom Fighters have kept their promise to tackle former president FW de Klerk over his infamous apartheid comments.
Party secretary-general Marshall Dlamini has opened a case against the ex-president at a police station in Cape Town.
The EFF is pressing hate speech charges against De Klerk for his denial that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had disrupted the State of the Nation Address to protest the 'murderer' in their midst.
This had been in reaction to an interview granted by De Klerk on his historic speech when he announce the release of Nelson Mandela.
De Klerk had told an SABC reporter that he didn't feel apartheid had constituted a crime against humanity, prompting nationwide uproar.
Commenting on the move, the party confirmed that a case had been laid against De Klerk:
“EFF Secretary-General Dlamini Marshall is at the Cape Town Central Police Station opening a case of hate speech against the racist apartheid denialist FW de Klerk."
De Klerk had later retracted his earlier statements, apologising in the wake of immense public criticism and calls for him the be excluded from political events.
The EFF had additionally called for De Klerk's Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked, however, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has ended any hopes of this motion succeeding.
IOL reports that Norwegian Nobel Committee Administration and Information Secretary KB Asdal commented:
“As a matter of principle, the Norwegian Nobel Committee never comment upon what the Nobel Peace Prize laureates may say and do after they have been awarded the prize.”
Dave Stewart, chairman of the board at the FW de Klerk Foundation, revealed that it had undertaken not to comment on the controversy any more.
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