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De Klerk: “Nine years lost under Zuma administration”

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Former President FW de Klerk’s interview on eNCA caused quite a stir after he made comments about Zuma’s presidency and the apartheid era.

Interviewed on eNCA’s The First Citizen, former President FW de Klerk took a swing at former President Jacob Zuma’s administration and called it “nine lost years”. He further said during Zuma’s term, people were appointed because of their connections and not because they were qualified or suitable for the posts.

During his interview, de Klerk said that although he was not justifying apartheid, the notion of “better days for service delivery” was alive during apartheid, claiming that a better life during apartheid was not solely based on race and colour.

De Klerk, who was the president between 1989 and 1994, also spoke about claims that loans were made to the country for the benefit of the white minority. He dismissed the allegation and said South Africa as a whole benefited.

“There is no evidence whatsoever that loans were used only for whites. Universities were being built. Infrastructure were being installed from which everybody benefited. I’m not justifying apartheid in any way whatsoever, but what I’m saying is that it’s a fallacy to say that loans were given just for the benefit of white people. Loans were given to a country for the country’s goals,” he said.

Referring to the statement of “nine lost years”, de Klerk said the opportunity to build a truly non-racial society had been wasted during Zuma’s almost decade-long tenure, which ran between 2009 and 2018, once again reiterating that decision-makers and people of influence were appointed because of their connections.

Abenathi Gqomo
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