De Klerk Clarifies ‘Separate Development’ View
Former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, FW de Klerk, says he has long abandoned the view that separate development is the answer to South Africa’s challenges.
In an apparent attempt to calm the storm begun by his recent controversial remarks on former apartheid homelands, the former president says that his comments were ‘misunderstood and misinterpreted’ because they were a reflection of a view he held in the ’60s and ’70s, when he believed SA’s problems could be justly resolved by recognising the right of all citizens.
De Klerk raised eyebrows when, in an interview with CNN, where he appeared to defend separate development and bantustan states by saying that people in homelands were not disenfranchised because they voted, and that the homelands had existed historically.
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