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Opening South Africa’s Old Wounds

FW de Klerk has apologised for a statement issued by his foundation on Friday that said the apartheid political system, which he presided over in its final days, was not a crime against humanity. “I have taken note of the vehement reaction to our response to the EFF’s (Economic Freedom Front’s) attack on me at the state of the nation address on Thursday night,” said De Klerk in a statement from his foundation on Monday. “I agree with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation that this is not the time to quibble about the degrees of unacceptability of apartheid. It was totally unacceptable. “The FW de Klerk Foundation has accordingly decided to withdraw its statement of February 14 unconditionally, and apologises for the confusion, anger and hurt that it has caused,” the statement said.