Saturday, May 31, 2008

Apartheid 'not root of SA riots'

Oh goody, creepy FW has something to splutter.

This is the man responsible for the shit we find ourselves in today - by handing over the country lock, stock and barrel to a bunch of terrorists.

Too bad the genius didn’t keep his word and arranged a federal type of government where the various regions and race groups had some sort of autonomy.

But no, in a bid to secure himself and his cronies from prosecution after the ANC took over, he sold out the white population and the country. He now lives the good life and the rest of us duck for cover. Effing arsehole.

If you care what he has to say read on. Me? I’m reaching for a bucket.

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South Africa's former President FW De Klerk has told the BBC that the heritage of apartheid cannot be blamed for this month's xenophobic attacks.

"It would be a great over simplification to blame everything which is wrong... on the heritage of the past," he said.

The last apartheid-era leader said unemployment and the high crime rate were the main reasons for the violence.

More than 70,000 people have fled the attacks and more than 50 died.

Mr De Klerk became president in 1989 and started to dismantle the apartheid regime, which ended five years later.

Aid workers in South Africa have been pushing for disaster zones to be declared in the areas worst hit by recent xenophobic attacks.

Correspondents say there is growing concern about the conditions in which tens of thousands of displaced people are living.

Most are still sheltering in community halls, churches and police stations and some are sleeping out in the open.

The government says it is working urgently to provide more suitable accommodation for them.

'Loses credibility'

In an interview on the BBC's Today programme, Mr De Klerk said that the attacks against foreigners were "unacceptable" and high unemployment amongst black South Africans and crime were to blame.

He said that immigrants were "prepared to work at lower wages".

"Therefore many black South Africans feel that these people are robbing them of their jobs and of their food and of their livelihoods so I think that's the main root cause," he said.

He said that crime could not be solely blamed on foreigners.

"But there's no doubt that a substantial percentage of the illegal immigrants are involved in the high crime rates which we have."

Under apartheid, people were deprived of their full political rights, but not on a "socio-economic basis", he said.

"It was quite developmental if you look at what has happened in the educational field, in the field of housing - I'm now talking from the 1960s to the 1990s, the establishment of new universities, the creation of opportunities, small business development," he said.

Apartheid is often blamed as a means of "political expediency", he said.

"But there's no doubt that we've now had a new full open democracy since 1994 - it's almost 15 years - and month by month the claim that everything which is wrong is to be blamed on the past loses its appeal and its credibility."

In a statement on Thursday, the government acknowledged "the urgent need to accelerate its programmes for alleviating poverty, unemployment and other forms of socio-economic deprivation".

It also appealed to communities "to reject any agitation from those who wish to reduce this country into a lawless country".

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