Bell, De Klerk and the Manichean view of history

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FW de Klerk in Dublin giving his acceptance speech for the Praeses Elit award. (Anna Moran, The University Times)
FW de Klerk in Dublin giving his acceptance speech for the Praeses Elit award. (Anna Moran, The University Times)

Dave Steward

In his recent column, Terry Bell writes with understandable feeling about the tragic event in December 1993 when five young men were killed by the SADF in a raid on a supposed APLA base in Mthatha. Bell blames FW de Klerk for having ordered the raid and claims that “the security establishment, using fabricated evidence,” maintained “the fiction that the illegal cross-border raid had been justified”.

Bell decries the fact that only a week later De Klerk was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He refers to Holomisa’s call on all foreign governments at the time to desist from granting any awards to De Klerk. He also quotes Holomisa as saying “Too much has been swept under the carpet of reconciliation”.

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