Former president de Klerk says South Africa at 'crossroads' between racism and practicality

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 11:21 hrs

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk has said that South Africa was at the crossroads between moving in a racially disruptive direction or a practical, wide ranging path under the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

De Klerk said that a policy to narrow, gaping inequalities as part of what the ANC calls its national democratic revolution would result in an increasingly ideological and racially divisive path, News24 reports.

Criticising current president Jacob Zuma, de Klerk said that the President's repeated and inflammatory references to the damages caused by apartheid, in a speech, appeared to be stirring up racial grievances, along with increased persistent demands for compensation.

The former president added that instead of the policies and actions of the past 18 years of democracy, the apartheid was blamed for poverty, inequality and joblessness.

However, he said that Zuma had also urged practical steps like defending the constitution, vigilance against corruption and uniting behind the development plan, which has been adopted as the primary blueprint for the future.

According to de Klerk, it is yet to be seen which of these two conflicting approaches will win within the internal debate of the ANC. (ANI)

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