Prince Kaybee Weighs In On De Klerk Denying And Defending Apartheid – The ruling party is now saying it wants denials of apartheid’s criminality to be criminalised in a manner similar to holocaust denial in Germany.
In a formal document on Sunday, the ANC denounced the perspective of the FW de Klerk Foundation in which it repudiated that apartheid had been a crime against humanity.
It described this as “a blatant whitewash”.
Former president FW De Klerk had controversially announced the same outlook in an interview just days ahead of the state of the nation address (Sona). He explained that apartheid was not the sort of grand mass crime that could be juxtaposed to genocide and the United Nations had been incorrect to recount the former regime and its actions as such.
Now, his remarks ignited and backlash, one of the reasons the EFF disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Sona speech, demanding that De Klerk be asked to leave parliament on Thursday night.
The House Speaker, the ANC’s Thandi Modise, refused, arguing De Klerk had been invited as a former head of state and had a right to be there.
Many analysts said the ANC had been broadsided by the scandal.
The EFF eventually staged a walkout and was highly critical of the ANC for its stance. Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi, the ambassador to Denmark, said she was “heartbroken”, partly due to what the apartheid state had done to her mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Prince Kaybee also weighed in on the matter and expressed how he truly feels concerning the matter.
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ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said on Sunday that De Klerk’s interview, “twenty five years into our democracy (sic)”, flew in the face of commitments to reconciliation and nation-building.
The ruling party called on De Klerk and his foundation not to undermine the “compact that forms the foundation of our democracy, which is that we deal with the past through institutional mechanisms and the rule of law”.
He said the decision and the motivation by first the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union) and then the United Nations to declare apartheid a crime against humanity was well documented.
“The FW De Klerk Foundation, instead of continuing to plead blind ignorance, would do well to research this history.
“Apartheid as a system was both widespread and systemic, based on the belief in the superiority of the white minority and the inferiority of the black majority. This belief found expression, building on the foundations of colonialism and slavery, in the Union of South Africa of 1910, and over 80 years of systematic oppression of the disenfranchised majority.