A full 26 years after announcing the release of former president Nelson Mandela from prison, De Klerk will apparently be charged on Wednesday. Charges are also expected to be laid against former apartheid-era law and order minister Adriaan Vlok.
The Anti-Racism Action Forum (Araf) says in a statement it intends to open 22 criminal charges at the Hillbrow police station in Johannesburg for “crimes committed against black people for which they didn’t get amnesty”.
Araf spokeswoman Zandi Radebe says while South Africa is overrun by accusations of racism, people who are guilty of racism in the history of the country should face the music and be at “the centre in the debate”.
She said there’s a lack of understanding about racism in South Africa and how it had manifested.
According to Radebe the De Klerk Foundation had recently lodged a complaint of inciting extreme violence against white South Africans through 45 social media postings with the Human Rights Commission.
“We find it quite ironic and contradictory for someone who has refused openly to apply for amnesty, which means he is not agreeing to the definition that apartheid was a crime against humanity. It means to us that he did not find his contribution and the murder of black people as a crime against humanity as defined by the United Nations,” says Radebe.