EFF tar­gets De Klerk over com­ments

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - SAMKELO MT­SHALI samkelo.mt­[email protected]

MORE than a month since mak­ing his con­tro­ver­sial com­ments, the storm over for­mer pres­i­dent FW de Klerk’s as­ser­tion that apartheid was not a crime against hu­man­ity re­fuses to die down.

EFF sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mar­shall Dlamini de­scended on the Cape Town Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion on Sun­day to open the hate speech case against De Klerk, about six weeks af­ter the for­mer Na­tional Party leader told the SABC that apartheid was not a crime against hu­man­ity.

In a tweet with pic­tures of Dlamini be­ing as­sisted by an of­fi­cer at the po­lice sta­tion, the red beret party wrote: “EFF Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral @DlaminiMar­shall is at the F W de Klerk.”

De Klerk made the com­ments on Fe­bru­ary 2, the 30th an­niver­sary of his land­mark speech in which he an­nounced the re­lease of Nel­son Man­dela af­ter 27 years in pri­son. The com­ments sparked wide­spread con­dem­na­tion from po­lit­i­cal par­ties, NGOs and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing the re­cent State of the

Na­tion ad­dress, EFF dis­rup­tions saw the start of Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech de­layed by an hour as the party ob­jected to De Klerk’s pres­ence in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Even for­mer pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki promised to give De Klerk a UN doc­u­ment that de­clares apartheid a crime against hu­man­ity af­ter De Klerk had told him he was not aware that the op­pres­sive sys­tem had been de­clared as a crime against hu­man­ity in 1973.

Mbeki sub­se­quently sent De Klerk the UN Con­ven­tion on the Sup­pres­sion and Pun­ish­ment of the Crime of Apartheid.

The EFF has said it will make case for De Klerk to be stripped of theNo­bel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him along­side Man­dela in 1993.

Ap­proached for com­ment, Nor­we­gian No­bel Com­mit­tee Ad­min­is­tra­tion and In­for­ma­tion Sec­re­tary KB As­dal said: “As a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple, the Nor­we­gian No­bel Com­mit­tee never com­ments on what the No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ates may say and do af­ter they have been awarded the prize.”

At­tempts to get com­ment from EFF spokes peo­ple Vuyani Pambo and Delisile Ng­wenya were un­suc­cess­ful.

Dlamini was also not avail­able .

FW de Klerk.

MAR­SHALL Dlamini.

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