FW De Klerk's CNN mess

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The Vulcan (May 14, 2012, 22:42:50 PM):
I'm surprised not have seen this come up yet on this forum. FW's stance on the Homeland system seems not too surprising, after all we do know he is among other things also a Calvinist Christian. Religion is funny that way with tribalism, in/out crowd kind of stuFf. Ok that said - I'd also like to add that most of what he said regarding most of that was an account of his youth and how he evolved and matured to become the leader he ended up being, I'm also an Afrikaans speaking white oke so I do understand where he is coming from on the "it's the way I was raised"-thing - but his sentiment on the homeland (apartheid/nation-states ideas) really gets my goat and really dissillusioned me from the kind of man I thought he is - I've always thought of him much more of at least some sort of xtian humanist rather as a fundamentalist.

What's your take on this? Is the religious connection really such a fallacious statement? Am I really that ignorant and naïve in my understanding of the endgame of apartheid?
Mefiante (May 14, 2012, 23:12:40 PM):
Sorry, I don’t really understand your position. Or your question.

We followed the De Klerk issue and didn’t think it was such a big deal. It was simply hyped into something much bigger than it should have been, but I suppose that the main reason for the hype and inflation is De Klerk’s being a Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate.

brianvds (May 15, 2012, 05:57:39 AM):
I never saw the interview, so I don't know what he said or why it caused such an uproar. Did he defend apartheid? Did he say they believed in it in those days? What should he have said?

I always find it amusing how nowadays, it is impossible to find anyone who ever supported apartheid. :-)

brianvds (May 15, 2012, 06:11:55 AM):

Zapiro's take on it:

Tweefo (May 15, 2012, 07:19:53 AM):
I also never saw the interview.De Klerk grew up with a system. What do you do if something is not working? You try and fix it. The homeland system I think was the result. If apartheid was scraped back then I do not think we would have ended up with today's democracy. Back in the 60's to 80's communism was a real "gevaar". The rest of Africa was a good example of how not to change the system. I think he and Mandela did well.


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