The FW de Klerk Foundation has come out to condemn the murder of nine black people in a Charleston Church shooting in the US last week.
21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested for the killings which took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on Wednesday.
Charleston shooter suspect Dylan Roof. Picture: Twitter.
One of the photographs of Roof which were sourced from his Facebook account shows him wearing a jacket with insignia of the old South African flag and the Rhodesian (pre-independence Zimbabwe) flag.
We spoke to Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation, Dave Steward, who says that Roof's actions are revolting.
We don’t know why he was wearing the old Rhodesian flag and the old South African flag. But whatever the reason, he was deeply mistaken if he thought that anyone in South Africa – from across the political spectrum – would have any reaction other than revulsion to the cold-blooded killing of innocent worshipers.— Dave Steward, Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation
Roof is reported to have written an online manifesto called ‘The Last Rhodesian’, outlining his racial ideologies and desires to initiate a race war.
The danger of ‘mindless race hatred’
Steward says the foundation condemns the attitude of “mindless race hatred”, which is a danger to people in all parts of the world.
He says that it is uncalled for to still carry the old South African flag and that there is no room for people who hold mindsets from our apartheid past.
It belongs in our South African museums. It is part of our history – a very complicated history. We now have a new flag which we are proud to fly.— Dave Steward, Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation
Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: