South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, Frederik Willem De Klerk, has withdrawn a controversial statement that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
The politician who served as State President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as Deputy President from 1994 to 1996retracted his statement on Monday following an outcry.
83-year-old De Klerk apologised for the confusion, anger and hurt that it has caused.
The South African politician shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993 for dismantling white-minority rule and ushering in democracy.
De Klerk, however, sparked fury among many South Africans when in an interview with the national broadcaster, SABC, he publicly denied that apartheid was a crime against humanity, despite the UN declaring it such.