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Former South African Leader de Klerk Apologises for Apartheid Comment

By :- Adedoyin Shittu

Posted on 19-02-2020

Apartheid ‘not a crime against humanity’ says South Africa’s final apartheid president F.W. de Klerk. “I profusely apologize for apartheid. But there’s a difference between calling something a crime, like genocide is a crime. Apartheid cannot be” says Mr F.W. de Klerk.

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Apartheid means separation and this “system of dominance” by the white minority over the colored and black race in South Africa was put in place by the Dutch National Party after winning the election of 1948. But through a combination of non-violent and armed struggle, international pressure and boycott, the system was brought to an end in 1990. In 2002, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, defined the crime of apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.”

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Though Mr F.W. de Klerk has apologized for his careless comment, he has invoke a lot of emotions and opened many scars of people whose wound are yet to be healed from the terror and pain of apartheid.

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