FW de Klerk’s defining speech in full, reactions as Mzansi reflects on the past

Thirty years ago former president FW de Klerk unbanned liberation movements and released political prisoners. The words from his speech at that time were echoed this week as South Africans reflected on the country’s apartheid past.
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The second day of February  marked 30 years since the last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, made the historical move to unban liberation movements and release political prisoners. The words from his speech were echoed as South Africans reflected on the country’s past.

Addressing members of parliament, De Klerk touched on several issues, including the death penalty, on which he announced a moratorium, human rights and the negotiation process which would be followed by the transfer of power.

On Twitter, South Africans shared their experiences of living under apartheid rule, and debated whether De Klerk should have a say in the current state of SA, and if he deserves to be hailed a hero.

Here’s a glimpse into the views shared on Twitter:

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BY: CEBELIHLE BHENGU

SOURCE: TMG DIGITAL

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