ANC calls on Parliament not to invite De Klerk again

It seems former president FW de Klerk and his foundation are not aware that apartheid was a crime against humanity. ANC’s Pule Mabe had a chat with @XoliMngambi about this on #TheFirstTake Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says parliamentarians should consider not inviting former president FW De Klerk again.

The Economic Freedom Fighters called for De Klerk's removal during last week's State of the Nation Address.

The former president and his foundation deny that apartheid was a crime against humanity despite a declaration by the United Nations in 1973.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says that there is no way that the party cannot be seen to be taking action.

"It is expected that our own members of parliament reflect on this and begin to say what do you do with individuals who knowingly go out and spit in the face of our people and want to deny that apartheid was a crime against humanity when an international body like the UN had already spoken," Mabe said.

"It is important that when reflections are made by those that have been deployed in parliament to take strong actions that suggest if there is this kind of denialism there is no way that they can be associated with those that deny that there ha been a groundswell attack on the integrity and standing on our people on a system called apartheid. 

"In the statement that we issued, we reflected on a number of people that may have been killed as a result of apartheid."

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Parliament is defending its decision to invite De Klerk.

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli has described last week's incident as a deflection. 

"As Parliament, we do not get into debates on people's views are during this period," said Tsenoli.

"Our job is to invite, as we have done in the past former presidents and this is what we have done. ...We are exercising the responsibility to inform people. It's a deflection, the critical point is that president De Klerk, like president Thabo Mbeki, president Zuma, president Motlanthe and president Mandela when he lived, are on the list of people who are continually invited."

"We do not give diplomatic immunity to those we invite if they say wrong things or whatever things they say, for us it’s not in the interest of parliament to then change our minds," Tsenoli added.

The debate about former President FW de Klerk's presence at the State of the Nation Address is not dying down. This is after he stated that apartheid wasn't a crime against humanity. The EFF disrupted the address and wanted the former National Party leader removed. Courtesy #DStv403