EFF targets De Klerk over comments
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.