‘Don’t ignore De Klerk - too many think like he does’

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‘Don’t ignore De Klerk - too many think like he does’

Simply paying no mind to the last apartheid-era president will do more harm than good, analysts say

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Some might try to wriggle out of the apartheid conversation, but former president FW de Klerk simply doesn’t have that luxury.

“If the one person who was so directly implicated – and is also the one person that has been confronted in one way or another about apartheid – still thinks it didn’t exist, you can imagine what other people who were in the background and did those things say. They probably share the same sentiment that there was no crime committed,” said accountant and social commentator Khaya Sithole.

He was speaking on Monday, in the wake of what was a bad week for De Klerk, the last apartheid-era president who was a joint deputy president under Nelson Mandela...

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