- Jul 18, 2008
Elected as deputy president? He got a nobel peace prize.The difficulty imo with calling Apartheid a crime against humanity is that someone who is guilty of leading a crime against humanity would be tried for their part in it.
Crime's against humanity result in being on ICC's wanted list, such as Omar al-Bashir and Joseph Koney. Surely De Klerk should have been on trial and not elected as deputy president by the very party which represented the people against who his crimes were committed.
I'm not saying that Apartheid should not be called a crime against humanity, just stating why that label is potentially problematic in this case.
Still though - De Klerk saying what he said in that interview was always going to cause a world of pain. He should have had a better answer or reason for why he believes the UN's decision for calling apartheid a crime against humanity was wrong.