Tuesday, February 02, 2010

FW: Don't Honour Me

"If affirmative action reaches the stage where it becomes institutional racial discrimination, it becomes absolutely unconstitutional."

"The implementation of affirmative action has led to a substantial percentage of, not only Afrikaners, but of all whites and coloureds and Indians feeling that their groups are being reduced to a sort of second class citizenship." - F.W.de Klerk

Cape Town - Twenty years after announcing Nelson Mandela's release from prison, South Africa's last white president said on Tuesday that dismantling apartheid had averted catastrophe.

"The nine days between [my speech to Parliament] and the release of Nelson Mandela on 11 February changed South Africa forever," FW de Klerk told a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the announcement.

"It is accordingly appropriate for us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of February 2 1990 - not to honour my role or the role of any other individual or party, but because it prevented a catastrophe," he said.

Window of opportunity

"When history opens a window of opportunity, it is important to jump through it," De Klerk said.

De Klerk had been in office less than five months when he delivered the historic address to Parliament, which called for a new democratic constitution, lifted the ban on dissident political parties and announced the release of all political prisoners, including his eventual successor as president, Mandela.

A one-time hardliner in the pro-apartheid National Party, De Klerk would go down in South African history as the last president of the white supremacist regime which ended when Mandela's ANC party won multi-racial elections in 1994.

'Could have maintained control'

"We would, no doubt, have been able to maintain control for many years but under increasingly grim and unacceptable circumstances," said De Klerk.

"Our young men would have spent half their time in military service; many more white South Africans would have left the country; and there would have been pervasive white poverty and unemployment among those who remained."

"Worse still, the prospects for a satisfactory negotiated settlement would have diminished with each successive cycle of revolution and repression."

Mandela's release nine days after De Klerk's address ended his 27-year imprisonment.

The two shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their work in ending the apartheid regime and building a new democratic South Africa.

"A critically important factor was the acceptance by all sides that there could be neither a military nor a revolutionary victory - and that continuing conflict would simply turn South African into a wasteland," said De Klerk.

'Not an obvious political move'

Twenty years ago, De Klerk's speech was not an obvious political move.

"It was a brave move. A very brave move in the face of potential disaster," Paul Graham, executive director of the Institute for Democracy in Southern Africa, told AFP.

But some South Africans remember De Klerk less for his idealism than for his pragmatic attempt to save the country from disaster.

At the time, South Africa's divisive political system had brought the nation to the brink of civil war. The economy was collapsing under the weight of international sanctions, and the country was "a steadily deteriorating pariah" internationally, Graham said.

"FW deserves recognition not for any great desire to right the wrongs of the past, but for his pragmatism," said an editorial in The Star newspaper on Tuesday.

'The day he did the right thing'

"FW is not and never will be everyone's hero, but February 2 1990 should be remembered as the day he had the bravery to do the right thing."

With the speech, De Klerk, now 73, set in motion the country's transformation into a multi-racial democracy.

Yet the country still faces many challenges 20 years on, including 30% unemployment, endemic crime, a faltering education system and the world's biggest divide between rich and poor.

"As we celebrate 20 years, I suspect there will be some reflection on whether we've made the best use we could have of the opportunities it provided," Graham said.

"There's a sense that it's a still-unfinished project, I suppose.


10 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

The major comment is that he failed to ensure minority rights and essentially capitulated, when in fact he didn't have to. Rather he fell prey to the "International Community's" psychobabble about the sanctity of democracy.

With many years of African "democracy" already behind us in 1990, there was absolutely no excuse to think it would be different this time. He was and may still be totally deluded.

But we let it happen so it is our fault. We approved it by voting for it. He should have junked apartheid, it was a road to nowhere, but to do so without minority rights guarantees, and to concede that without having to do so, was a fatal mistake.

It will not easily be undone.



Anonymous said...

Yes- thank goodness for de Klerk - we really averted a catastrophe when he decided to sell his own people out. Phew! Now we only have the world's highest murder; rape and HIV stats in the world; a corrupt government that; a philandering sexual predator as a president; a "youth" league that spews hate speech; xenophobia; heated racism; a moraless society; dysfunctioning eduction system; non-existant police, defence force and legal system; crumbling health care. Yes, thank goodness de Klerk saved us from an even worst fate than this.

Anonymous said...

He is right, don't honor the white traitor, necklace him!

Anonymous said...

Build a gallows and hang the bastards like FW De Klerk, Roelf Meyer, Pik Botha, etc on Church square in Pretoria in front of the statue of President Kruger. Public execution of traitors is what I would have done if I was PW Botha and I got hint of these bastards planning a palace revolution like they did. PW was far too good. He should have rounded them up and hanged them!!

Laager said...

"Yet the country still faces many challenges 20 years on, including 30% unemployment, endemic crime, a faltering education system and the world's biggest divide between rich and poor."

It all depends what your definition for a disaster is.

Since 1994 the country can claim the following:
300,000 murders - all races
35,000 murders - whites
3,100 murders - Afrikaner farmers
Commercial farmers reduced from 80,000 to 11,000
800,000 whites have emigrated
800,000 whites expelled from the job market because they are white, now living in penury
80% of municipalities on the brink of bankruptcy
ESKOM unable to provide for the countries electricity needs
Decline in health care and educational standards
Unemployment has increased

About the only real benefit that came from that move was that SA was re-admitted to the International Community

Other than that with the actions of blacks against whites the country is effectively fighting a clandestine/covert civil war.

Maybe going the overt route would have been the better option in order to obtain a safe white territory in the south for whites.


Well, things have NOT turned out the way idiot/crook DeKlerk and the NAT morons promised to the electorate.I still remember him assuring the voters on TV : "Standards will not drop". Clearly and knowingly a monumental lie . Tragic that the voters believed such a charlatan.
That this scumbag still has the nerve to utter anything at all is astonishing.

Dmitri said...

Sorry, but in my opinion he sold us out. One can only guess as to the real reasons why this traitor did what he did. We may never know, but it leaves a burning sensation in my gut.

Anonymous said...

Why hasn´t anyone put this traitor to sleep, permanently?
I nearly puked when I clicked onto this site and I saw his smug mug smiling back at me. I haven´t see a photo of him for about 15 years, and he looks just as hateful to me now as he did then.
A truely disgusting, spineless piece of white dog shit.

Anonymous said...

Iceland President Accuses England, Holland of Financial Bullying


Could De Klerk really have gone against the West?

Iceland may be the first Western democracy to be forced into South-American style debt-slavery. The IMF, in concert with the UK and the Netherlands, has attempted to strongarm the recently impoverished Island of 317,000 into paying over 3.6 billion pounds ($6.3bn) -- $86,000 per Icelandic family -- at 5.5% interest for the next generation. The money is not conventional government debt, but arises from the collapse of a private multi-national bank during the financial crisis.

The issue is so serious that the entire nation will vote on the issue towards the end of February 2010.

On December 30, 2009, after extraordinary diplomatic threats, Iceland's parliament passed narrowly a bill agreeing to pay the onerous terms. Only a few months earlier parliament had agreed to the full amount, but under more reasonable conditions.

The people of Iceland must be internationally supported, so they can feel safe in voting down debt-slavery. If Iceland falls, it won't be long before other countries suffer similar financial extortion.


K4Clubber said...

He is not worth Honouring ! He should'nt even speak the language Afrikaans, He is a traitor like the other 3 mentioned earlier, maybe he know something we don't and try to crawl back in to Afrikanerdom ??? Is he afraid of his own race who he betrayed because lately he tries to uphold Afrikaans etc. etc...

Maybe there is something brewing...

Race traitors be aware...!!!