SA Union calls for stripping of De Clerk peace prize
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is demanding that former President Frederik De Clerk be stripped of his Nobel Peace Awardfor opposing sanctions against Israel.
Richard Mamabolo, POPCRU Media and Communications Officer, said it was “disheartening” that De Klerk still believes in apartheid being a conducive policy to be continued against Palestine.
“By De Klerk claiming the sanctions against Israel would be counter-productive is equivalent to regretting the end of South African apartheid, and as an apartheid President himself, we would have thought he would take a different posture towards what is currently happening in Palestine,” said Mamabolo.
He pointed out that sanctions against South Africa played an instrumental role in forcing business to arrange negotiations between the Apartheid regime and the ANC-led alliance, and therefore would have perhaps shaped the country in a different manner had they not taken place.
“It would have meant the regime would have continued funding the terrorism and killings of black South Africans for longer.
“In the midst of daily killings of the Palestinian people, our view is that De Klerk is not rehabilitated from his ‘glorious’ past, and should be stripped off his Nobel Peace award.”
De Clerk was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with former President Nelson Mandela in 1993.
– CAJ News
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