FW’s apology is a choreographed insult to our intelligence

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FW’s apology is a choreographed insult to our intelligence

In the words of Fort Calata’s son: ‘De Klerk died peacefully ... unlike those whose murders he ordered ... ’

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Apartheid’s last president, FW de Klerk, recorded himself apologising to “black, brown and Indians in South Africa” before succumbing to cancer. It was, for him, one last opportunity to come clean, to protect his legacy through manipulation. Even in the wake of his death, this must be rejected. 

In the video, De Klerk talks about how he’s often accused of justifying apartheid or separate development. He concedes that “it is true that in my younger years I defended separate development. Afterwards, on many occasions, I apologised to the South African public for the pain and indignity that apartheid has brought to people of colour in SA. Many believed me, but others didn’t.”

He then gives us the words he wants us to remember him by: “I, without qualification, apologise for the pain and hurt and the indignity and the damage that apartheid has done to black, brown and Indians in South Africa.” The video is not quite like TikTok — the once-mighty leader of apartheid looks lean, haggard and at death’s door. For many believers of the Word, there would be no question about whether to forgive him and let the God of vengeance and justice do the rest...

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