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article imageANC policies are racist, says De Klerk

By Matthew Hendricks     Feb 3, 2014 in Politics
Former South African president F.W. de Klerk, who removed the last race-based "Apartheid" laws from South Africa's law books and set Nelson Mandela free, criticized the racist, race-based policies implemented by the now ruling ANC.
"The ideology (of the ANC) of demographic representivity is once again creating a situation where South Africans are judged on the colour of their skin, and not on the content of their character or the contribution they can make", said De Klerk at the F.W. de Klerk Foundation, in this video footage by Agence France Presse.
"South Africa is once again becoming one of the most racially prescriptive societies in the world."
The ANC discriminates against people based on their race, said De Klerk at a speech to mark 20 years of democracy in Cape Town, reports bdlive.co.za.
"These policies — in the ANC’s so-called second phase of transition — are overtly directed against South African citizens on the basis of their race. That is unconstitutional and the antithesis of the goal of national reconciliation", De Klerk said.
De Klerk went on to say that the time had come for "serious talks" between the government and "all those who are targeted by its version of transformation," such as farmers, the media, civil society organisations; and small and large businesses, reports news24.com.
“We were never consulted about the ANC's approach to transformation and we do not accept it."
According to iol.co.za, De Klerk said the country’s “greatest” transformation failure was that it was now a more unequal society than it was in 1994.
“Clearly, the government's policies to promote equality have failed. The main beneficiaries of affirmative action and black economic empowerment have been the emerging black middle class and elite - and not the vast majority of truly disadvantaged South Africans.”
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