An Anti-Racism Action Forum has come after former President FW de Klerk and Police Minister Adriaan Vlock. The group said it is set to pull the two former officers to disciplinary quarters for proper actions. The group’s advisory made this official statement when it announced that the charges would be laid at Hillbrow police station, Johannesburg on Wednesday.
“ARAF shall lay 22 criminal charges against both FW De Klerk and Adrian Vlok for crimes committed against black people for which they didn’t get amnesty at the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission). Further complaints of racism will be laid against FW De Klerk at the South African Human Rights Commission‚” the group said.
However, there are indications that the group might have fought back after the former president through his foundation – FW de Klerk Foundation laid complaints about violent remarks by South Africans. The foundation, which submitted its complaints to the South African Human Rights Commission in January claimed that about 45 violent-racist-driven statements were posted on the social media by South Africans.
The foundation argued that, “by far the most virulent and dangerous racism – expressed in the most extreme and violent language – has come from disaffected black South Africans”. However, the inchoate group postulated that it would use the charges for its official launch.
More so, the ARAF has refuted claims made by the foundation. The group opined that racism has never been part of the blacks.
“Black people are neither the beneficiaries of race based privilege nor are they responsible for the imposition of racial prejudice and racism. Our resistance to dispossession, exploitation and systematic dehumanization in response to the legitimization of White Supremacy cannot be racist,” it said.
Anti-Racism Action Forum (ARAF) said its sole aim is to address white racism and “land theft”, which left many blacks devastated. The forum stated that it has come to “campaign against racism‚ by anti-racist civil society organisations‚ political parties‚ revolutionary movements and individuals”.
The group urged every black to stand against racism, maintaining that fights and campaigns against racism can only be effectively carried out by blacks alone. It opined: “In a racist country it is logical for black people to organize themselves around their blackness and do so in their own terms, free of white supervisors. It would be counterproductive for black people as victims of racism to entrust the struggle to end racism to perpetrators of racism.”
Frederik Willem de Klerk was South Africa’s President from September 1989 to May 1994. He was the seventh and last head of state in South Africa under the apartheid regime. He also received a Nobel peace prize for ending apartheid in South Africa. He was succeeded by South Africa’s first indigenous president Nelson Mandela.
In 2007, Klerk was brought to dark light as there were fights for his prosecution, and that of some of his ministers after thirteen years he stepped down as SA president. Just days before he received the noble peace prize, there were motions to prosecute one of his ministers who was accused of assassination campaigns, bombings and torture against his regime’s rivals. Back home, Klerk was painted black with headlines like “You’re a murderer too, FW!” and accusations that his Nobel prize “is soaked in blood”.
That same year, Eugene de Kock labelled Klerk “unconvicted murderer”while speaking to a Johannesburg radio station. Reacting to the accusations, Klerk said, “I am not standing here to defend myself. On these issues my conscience is clear. I am owed a fair deal in my own country. I was never part of policies that said murder is fine – cold-blooded murder is fine, rape is fine, torture is fine.”
Adriaan Vlock was South Africa’s minister of Law and Order from 1986 to 1991. He was born in the Northern Cape town of Sutherland in the then Cape Province.