South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday condemned the former President Frederik Willem de Klerk for saying Apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
De Klerk’s told local media recently that UN was wrong for classifying it as a crime against humanity. The ANC said de Klerk’s remarks are working against nation building and reconciliation.
“We want to say to Mr De Klerk, that this is an insult to the millions of people who have lost loved ones in the Sharpeville, Soweto June 1976, Boipatong massacres,” said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.
The ANC reminded de Klerk that over 17 million South Africans were arrested for pass laws between 1921 and 1986 during the Apartheid era while many blacks lost their land and could not be employed in certain sectors.
The South African Council of Churches also called on de Klerk to retract his statements on Apartheid.
De Klerk was the last Apartheid President who was succeeded by Nelson Mandela. Enditem