FW de Klerk withdraws and apologies for offensive apartheid remarks

The FW de Klerk Foundation has withdrawn its statement saying apartheid was not a crime against humanity.

The former president came under immense criticism from various sectors saying his statement on apartheid was insensitive.

The Economic Freedom Fighters disrupted the State of Nation Address last week Thursday calling for De Klerk to be removed from the house.

Joanne Joseph speaks to former United Nations high commissioner for human rights Judge Navi Pillay about the Rome Statute on apartheid.

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With regard to prosection of crimes of apartheid in South Africa, the ICC does not have retroactive jurisdiction as these are things that happened in the past.

Judge Navi Pillay, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

RELATED: 'We should not sweep what FW de Klerk said under the carpet, it is hurtful'

They only have jurisdiction from when South Africa signed the Rome Statute in 2002.

Judge Navi Pillay, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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