Dlamini-Zuma Attacks FW de Klerk: ANC presidential hopeful and President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s attack on the former president has raised some eyebrows in the country.
While the former AU chairperson admitted that South Africa is in the grip of the most serious challenges right now, she argued that the likes of the former president are not fit to tell the country what to do. If you are confused, you are not alone.
It is no news that some top political figures still nurse ill-feelings towards South Africa’s last white president, FW De Klerk, despite apologizing repeatedly for the “pain and humiliation” of apartheid.
Last week, EFF leader Julius Malema raised a loud cry over the inclusion of De Klerk as a member of the National Dialogue Initiative. The forum was formed by south African past presidents – Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.
Presently, a Johannesburg-based group known as the Anti-Racism Forum is planning to lay 22 criminal charges against De Klerk and former minister of police, Adrian Vlok for their criminal roles against black people for whom they didn’t get amnesty at the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission).
The little-known forum also announced that it would lay further complaints of racism against FW De Klerk at the South African Human Rights Commission.
26 years ago – precisely on 2 February 1990, South Africa’s last white president announced he would be releasing Nelson Mandela. And in an occasion held on February 2 to commemorate the release of Mandela, De Klerk reiterated that the need for a non-racial constitutional democracy.
In addition, he lamented that different perceptions orientations and experiences of the past have continued to do more harm that good in the country.
“During the negotiations, we reached agreement on the need for reconciliation and for actions to promote national unity. We accepted that our approach to the past should be based on a need for understanding – but not for vengeance; a need for reparation – but not for retaliation; and a need for Ubuntu – but not for victimization. We also agreed to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine our deeply divided past and to promote reconciliation and national unity,” De Klerk said earlier this year.
However, Dlamini-Zuma’s criticism against the former president appeared to have said a lot about how she values and where she places FW de Klerk.
Speaking at an interfaith and business dinner held at the White Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday evening, the ANC presidential hopeful took swipes at the former president.
3 Quotes Culled From Her Speech:
- We cannot be told by De Klerk what to do. Never‚ never.
- Who do De Klerk and opposition parties represent?
- while colonizers left other African countries‚ they remained here. So if we are not united as the ANC‚ as society‚ we will not be able to do it. They will come between us and bash us‚ one way or another‚ but we must keep moving.
She also used the avenue to slam the ruling party for running into hiding whenever opposition confronts them.
Dlamini-Zuma asked: “Opposition is there to oppose‚ by definition. I don’t know why we get worried when they do. It doesn’t mean you must follow it. Since 1994 they have been opposing‚ but of late when the opposition opposes‚ we rush for cover. Why?”
Since her arrival in South Africa, the former AU chairperson has been outspoken against opposition groups and has been building a protective wall around the ANC. Her closest rival in the upcoming elective conference, scheduled to hold in December is deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Her closest rival in the upcoming elective conference, scheduled to hold in December is deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.