The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the statement by the FW de Klerk Foundation “denying that apartheid was a crime against humanity as a blatant whitewash.”
“Mr. FW De Klerk’s assertion in the interview, 25 years into our democracy, which denies that apartheid was a crime against humanity, flies in the face of our commitments to reconciliation and nation-building,” ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said in a statement on Sunday, Feb. 16.
“The ANC calls on Mr. 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 for African Unity (OAU) and then “the whole world through the United Nations” to declare apartheid a crime against humanity had been well-documented. The foundation, instead of “continuing to plead blind ignorance,” would do well to research this history.
The ANC would not abandon the project of nation-building. Despite these statements by the foundation, Mabe said the ANC would not be derailed from the project of continuing to rebuild the nation from the ashes of apartheid and its legacies of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
“We shall continue to work together to ensure the human dignity of all our people, and the tasks set in the Constitution of our land to ‘recognize the injustices of the past … heal the divisions of the past, and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice, and fundamental human rights,’” Mabe said.
“In the interests of advancing reconciliation and nation-building, the ANC calls on the FW de Klerk Foundation to unconditionally retract its irresponsible statement and start showing commitment to the building of a South Africa we all want,” Mabe said.
The FW de Klerk Foundation statement claimed that the United Nations’ classification of apartheid as a crime against humanity formed part of an agenda by the Soviet Union and the ANC along with its allies to stigmatize white South Africans. The statement also sought to justify and reason as to why apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
It was released on Feb. 14, after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) “bullied” the former president at the State of the Nation address (SONA) Thursday, calling for him to leave the House of Parliament.