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De Klerk’s apology is ‘too little, too late’

FW de Klerk at the FW de Klerk Foundation conference at the Raddison Blue Hotel in the Waterfront on January 31, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

Former President FW de Klerk made an about-turn and unreservedly apologised for his “apartheid is no crime against humanity” statement, but his apology has been rejected by some as being “half-hearted” and about 30 years overdue.

FW De Klerk has withdrawn and unreservedly apologised for his “apartheid is no crime against humanity” statement but his apology was has been rejected as little too late. In a statement issued this afternoon, De Klerk said he noted the vehement reaction to his response to the EFF’s attack on him at the State of the Nation address on Thursday night. He said he agreed with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation that this is not the time to quibble about the degrees of unacceptability of apartheid because the system was totally unacceptable. “The FW de Klerk Foundation has accordingly...

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