SA at racial crossroads: De Klerk

2013-02-02 23:00
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Cape Town - South Africa was at the crossroads between moving in a racially divisive direction or a pragmatic, inclusive path under the ruling ANC, former president FW de Klerk said on Saturday.

"Are we still at the tipping point? I think we're still at the crossroads," De Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid leader, told a conference organised by his foundation.

"Time will tell which of these tendencies will win out in the end. Time will tell which of these two conflicting approaches will have the victory within the internal debate of the ANC."

A policy to narrow still gaping inequalities as part of what the ANC calls its national democratic revolution would result in an "increasingly ideological and racially divisive path", De Klerk said.

But the party has also given the nod to a comprehensive development plan with proposals for addressing the country's challenges.

This, De Klerk said, offered a "pragmatic, inclusive and rational basis for discussions about our future".

Blaming apartheid

De Klerk said President Jacob Zuma leaned in both directions in a speech last month.

"It opened with repeated and inflammatory references to the depredations of apartheid which appeared to be considerably consciously aimed at stirring up racial grievances and more insistent demands for restitution," he said.

The racist legacy was also blamed for poverty, inequality and joblessness, and not the policies and actions of the past 18 years of democracy, he added.

However, he said Zuma had also urged pragmatic steps, such as defending the constitution, vigilance against corruption and uniting behind the development plan, which has been adopted as "the primary blueprint for the future".

De Klerk released Nelson Mandela from 27 years of prison in 1990, four years before the anti-apartheid hero became South Africa's first black president.

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