Group to charge De Klerk over apartheid crimes

File: Former president FW de Klerk says minority groups in particular are being marginalised. Video: eNCA

CAPE TOWN - A civil society organisation called the Anti-Racism Action Forum is planning to lay criminal charges against former president FW de Klerk.

The group says the charges are in connection with crimes De Klerk committed against black people during apartheid.

This comes just a day after the former statesman accused government of perpetuating a divided South Africa.

De Klerk was speaking at the commemoration of his announcement to release Madiba and unban the ANC.

He used the anniversary of his speech to focus on the future of South Africa’s diverse cultures.

And in his opinion, he said, the country is more divided than ever before.

“Whites are increasingly blamed for the problems of inequality, unemployment and poverty that continue to afflict many South Africans," said De Klerk.

"The government openly attacks their history and their heroes – such as Jan van Riebeeck and Paul Kruger – who ironically, led one of the greatest anti-Imperialist struggles in African history.”

De Klerk says minority groups in particular are being marginalised.

Veteran politician Mathews Phosa has also criticised the current ANC leadership.

“We’ve seen the once established principled leadership eroded at national and provincial level and I must say municipal level is even worse," he said.

"Negative defining moments for South Africa was the shootings at Marikana, the Nkandla saga, the case of Mr al-Bashir, economic disruptions, load-shedding implemented by Eskom.”

The FW de Klerk Foundation has established a Centre for Unity in Diversity to promote language and cultural rights. 

Watch the video above for the full report.

- Percivale Young


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