South Africa: Mandela's grandson backs Apartheid-era ministers

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A grandson of former world statesman Nelson Mandela on Friday condemned the criminal charges brought against former President FW de Klerk and apartheid-era Police Minister Adriaan Vlok.

Earlier this week, the Anti-Racism Action Forum laid 22 charges against De Klerk and Vlok for crimes committed against black people during apartheid.

It accused De Klerk of crimes which included the Sebokeng massacre in July 1990 in which 27 people were killed, the killing of the Cradock Four and the Daveyton massacre in 1991 where 13 people died. It said the two men were not granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for their crimes.

In response, the FW de Klerk Foundation said it had noted the “attempt by an  unknown organisation to generate divisive and sensational publicity,” adding that “their allegations are without any foundation and we are not at all concerned”.

De Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993 while Vlok has personally apologised to some apartheid-era victims.

Mandela’s grandson Mandla said the charges are “contrary to the spirit of national reconciliation and an attack on the very edifice that underpins our democracy”.

He called on the forum to reconsider their decision and not to unravel the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

"It was this commission that enabled us to move from the precipice of civil war, to step beyond the divisive ravages of apartheid, and to evade the reactionaries who were hell-bent on destroying our democracy at its very dawn,” he added.
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05 february 2016 13:20:31

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