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De Klerk accuses South African government of discrimination

South Africa's last white president took a swipe at the ruling African National Congress on Friday, saying they discriminate against people based on race. "We were never consulted about the ANC's approach to transformation and we do not accept it," FW de Klerk said at a speech to mark 20 years of democracy in Cape Town. "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."

S.Africa's De Klerk out of hospital

South Africa's last apartheid president FW de Klerk was discharged from hospital on Wednesday following an operation to have a pacemaker fitted, paying tribute to his ailing successor Nelson Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. De Klerk, 77, who spent the night in a Cape Town hospital, fell ill after returning early from a European trip due to his fellow Nobel peace laureate's grave condition. After leaving hospital he lauded Mandela's "philosophy of the necessity for reconciliation".

De Klerk suspends Europe trip over Mandela health

South Africa's last apartheid president FW de Klerk has cut short a visit to Europe because of the ailing health of his co-Nobel peace prize winner Nelson Mandela, his foundation said Saturday. "FW de Klerk and his wife Elita have decided to suspend their current working visit and holiday in Europe because of Mr Mandela's medical condition," the FW de Klerk Foundation said in a statement. Mandela was said Saturday to still be in a critical condition after more than three weeks in a Pretoria hospital suffering a lung infection.

De Klerk derides 'afro-pessimists'

South Africa's under-fire president Jacob Zuma got a little support from an unlikely quarter Tuesday when FW De Klerk laid into the "prophets of doom" doing down the country. De Klerk, who negotiated an end to white rule in 1994 as South Africa's last apartheid president, said "afro-pessimists" did not give the country or the continent enough credit for strides made. De Klerk acknowledged his native South Africa faces "serious international perception problems" but said the country had seen 18 years of almost uninterrupted economic growth.

S. Africa's De Klerk warns on 'racially divisive path'

South Africa is at the crossroads between moving in a "racially divisive" direction or a pragmatic, inclusive path under the ruling ANC, former president FW De Klerk said Saturday. "Are we still at the tipping point? I think we're still at the crossroads," De Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid leader, told a conference organised by his foundation. "Time will tell which of these tendencies will win out in the end. Time will tell which of these two conflicting approaches will have the victory within the internal debate of the ANC."

S. Africa at racial crossroads: ex-president De Klerk

South Africa was at the crossroads between moving in a racially divisive direction or a pragmatic, inclusive path under the ruling ANC, former president FW De Klerk said Saturday. "Are we still at the tipping point? I think we're still at the crossroads," De Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid leader, told a conference organised by his foundation. "Time will tell which of these tendencies will win out in the end. Time will tell which of these two conflicting approaches will have the victory within the internal debate of the ANC."
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