On Monday evening, the EFF was the first to reject FW de Klerk’s unconditional apology for his extremely controversial statement that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
The EFF rejects De Klerk’s apology for “lacking sincerity and relevance”.
EFF says De Klerk is without remorse about his remarks. He does not take responsibility because he is hiding behind his foundation’s name. De Klerk must also deal with the full power of the law, the party says.
This comes after the EFF leader called de Klerk a murderer during the State of the Nation address.
De Klerk said in a statement on Monday afternoon that he apologized for the “confusion, anger and pain it caused”.
Among other things, the EFF wants De Klerk’s privileges as a former president to be withdrawn.
De Klerk said in his statement that he agrees with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Memorial Foundation that this is not the time to divide the degree of apartheid acceptability.
“It’s totally unacceptable.”
De Klerk says under his leadership the apartheid system was broken and it paved the way for the adoption of the country’s current non-racial, democratic constitution.
“Nevertheless, the international crime of apartheid did not disappear with the downfall of apartheid.
The EFF has also called for de Klerk’s Nobel Peace Prize to be withdrawn.
Let us all email @NobelPrize to strip @FWdeKlerkFoun of his prize. His views stand in direct violation of the @UN declaration regarding #Apartheid. Email your views at – https://t.co/mx2lTSDw3f pic.twitter.com/vzY3JT3bR4— RedNation (@RedNationza) February 17, 2020
However, under the rules of the Nobel Foundation, a Nobel Prize cannot be revoked.