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Apartheid was not a crime: the storm on the former south african president
"You can'T revoke a Nobel prize": this is the answer given in recent days, journalists from the Swedish Foundation which each year confers the prize for Peace. In the viewfinder there is the former south african president Frederik Willem de Klerk , 83 years old, who in an article then retracted after a week, it has been argued that in south Africa, "apartheid was not a crime against humanity". Strong words: but, apparently, the last white leader of south Africa, Nobel Peace prize in 1993 alongside Nelson Mandela , can sleep quiet.

Remember what that meant apartheid, that is, the segregation of the blacks, is used to feed the memory. In this sense, the farm Vlakplaas, about twenty minutes from Pretoria And from years awaiting renovation, is an important symbol of the past. There, between 1979 and the early '90s, operated in the C10, the team of the death of the south african police, under the supervision of Eugene De Kock and Dick Coetzee , who died in 2013.

those are the past, to be then killed, dozens of people who fought against apartheid. Nicknamed Prime Evil (the Devil), in a vignette of the famous designer, Zapiro , De Kock, now 71enne, is the waiter who advises patrons with dishes such as "assassins, bombs, torture, and killings". Among the guests there is also FW De Klerk. "Has the dirty hands of blood," she said laconic during a 2007 interview De Kock, 212 years in prison to be served is, 'forgiven' on the word in 2015 and free in 2019.

De Klerk has denied that the racist government has done to the '48 to '94. Forced to release Mandela 30 years ago, and after 27 of the prison, and now he has decided to rewrite history in their own image by denying that apartheid was, as he had said Mandela, an abomination.

"the Son of Jan De Klerk, senator, between the advisers of the prime minister Hendrik if dr. verwoerd, the grandson of JG Strjidom premier ultra conservative, he himself is this," writes Pieter Du Toit on the agency the south african News24, before the latest scandal. A statesman and that's exactly what De Klerk, a man of pragmatic and calculating, he wanted to told him. But had not thought that the article came out a few days ago on the site of its foundation had a lot of echo. He had underestimated the power of their declaration.

The past in south Africa, is a raw nerve and returned to persecute the former president. the Cyril Ramaphosa , the president of the Republic, said: "it is Not De Klerk, who with the indulgence freed Mandela. They freed the people who have fought to bring down apartheid". the Desmond Tutu 88-years-old and won the Nobel prize in 1984, reminded De Klerk that "in front of the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation has not wanted to accept responsibility for the policy of apartheid".

soon there will be another anniversary: the massacre of Sharpeville, outside Johannesburg. On the 21st of march 1960, during a demonstration organized by the Pan Africanist Congress to ask for the withdrawal of laissez-passer, the police killed 69 people. Immediately after the government banned the Pac and the African National Congress.

In that period, De Klerk, graduate, and recently married, was co-opted by the Afrikaner Broederbond, a true sect to which they belonged, even prime ministers and presidents. In 1972 he began his political career. Apartheid is the measure of the expectations of the white minority De Klerk was a perfect model.

Perhaps the synthesis is more acute character had made PW Botha , the president before De Klerk: "it Is a jellyfish, a traitor." He was right, even Chris Hani , the successor chosen by Mandela, then killed himself in front of the house in 1993: "I disagree with the amount of people who say that FW De Klerk has changed. Not changed at all".

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