South Africa: FW de Klerk’s last message criticized for lack of remorse

Former South Africa’s president FW de Klerk passed on, on November 11, 2021 [Image: @fwdeklerk/Twitter]
South Africa—History stays history irrespective of what the person says.  This was the view of political analyst professor Sipho Seepe in reaction to the video in which former apartheid president FW de Klerk apologizes for his role during the apartheid regime.

De Klerk died on Thursday following his battle with cancer.

Moments after confirming his passing the FW de Klerk foundation shared a video of the 85-year-old’s message to citizens in which he said his views on apartheid had changed significantly since the 1980s.

De Klerk apologized for the damage in which apartheid did to the non-whites.

The apology he said was not only in his capacity as the founder leader of the National Party, but also as an individual.

The timing of the release of the video came with mixed reactions.

Netizens were impressed that his apology does not erase the fact that racial segregation existed.

“People died under his watch after he lost power or steeped aside. He was never a champion of reparations for the damage that had already been done.

“To say you’re sorry is fine but it does not sanitize or change the course of history,” argued a political commentator.

Another analyst said the video was an attempt to put a stamp on De Klerk’s legacy. He said the timing of the release of the video was “strange.”

“I find it strange because he does not sound sincere as he would have if it had been released prior to his passing, if he had said the things he said maybe during an interview or called a media conference it would have had a greater impact.” He spoke.

However other debate, that the video is an atonement for his committed.

“This is what Christians do for whatever sins they may have committed. When people die they call those who they may have wronged to apologize to them as they are thinking about judgment.” Another said.