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SABC News Podcast: Anti-racism activists open case against De Klerk, Vlok

Former president FW de Klerk. Former president FW de Klerk. Image:


A group of anti-racism activists have opened a case against former President FW de Klerk and his apartheid Minister Adriaan Vlok. The Anti-Racism Action Forum laid 22 charges, that include murder, at the Hillbrow Police Station on Wednesday.

"Serial number one accused Frederick William de Klerk, accused number two, his minister Adriaan Vlok, the charge; conspiracy to murder, Sebokeng massacre 22 July 1990," read Anti-Racism Action Forum’s Zandile Radebe when going through the charges they laid against De Klerk and Vlok.

Radebe is a leader in the new organisation which is a forum of like minded organisations that want to fight racism. The organisation, representing 10 affiliates, says they want to do this through education and seeking justice.

Radebe says the charges relate to the deaths that nobody was held accountable for.

"In the period between 1990 and 1994, while the apartheid regime under FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were negotiating a settlement, apartheid South Africa townships were gripped by violence and death. The SAHRC estimated that an average of 101 black people were murdered due to politically related incidents."

De Klerk says he is confident that this latest attempt to charge him will fail like others before it

The forum wants the two to answer to these charges including the Sharpville, Boipatong and Thokoza hostel massacres.

National Director of Khulumani support group Marjorie Jobson says the charges were long coming.  

Khulumani assists victims of apartheid still desperate for justice. Jobson says the chances of success depend on what proof the group has however she says many people still do not know where their loved ones are.

"We know thousands of people who have no knowledge where some of these bodies are buried and we have people who know where they are, many of them are still alive, so we need a proper engagement not just an engagement that will give them amnesty."

De Klerk says he is confident that this latest attempt to charge him will fail like others before it.

"The TRC or elements in the TRC tried their best to put blame on me for gross violations of human rights. Twice I took them to court. Once I won and the second time the TRC backed down. I have no fears, whatsoever, my hands are clean. I can’t speak for Vlok but he did apply for amnesty. I am sure he and others took care to make sure they applied for everything in which they were involved."

The Hillbrow Police has promised to update the group on progress in their case. 


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