Julius Malema sends condolences to Zizi Kodwa and Kgosi Maepa following FW de Klerk’s death

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has sent condolences to the deputy Minister of State Security Zizi Kodwa and African National Congress (ANC) Tshwane regional chair Kgosi Maepa following the death of the last apartheid president FW de Klerk.

De Klerk died on Thursday morning at his home following a struggle with cancer.

Malema tweeted the condolences to the ANC member of parliament (MP) Kodwa because during his time as the governing party’s spokesperson last year, he had said that de Klerk would not leave parliament during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA)  after the EFF disrupted the proceedings by questioning why de Klerk had been invited.

To Maepa, Malema was referencing his admittance last year that it was no secret that he had served in the FW de Klerk Foundation and that he was not the only ANC leader who had.

Malema shared a series of tweets after the news broke of de Klerk’s death, including a “Thank you God”, which was not clear whether it was linked to de Klerk’s passing but was tweeted after he retweeted a report of the former president’s death.

The EFF leader also tweeted two separate videos of himself and EFF party leaders dancing on a stage seemingly during the campaign trail ahead of the local government election of 2021 with the caption “mood” for each tweet.

Meanwhile, leaders and representatives of political parties who were attending Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s mid-term budget policy statement speech in parliament on Thursday commented on de Klerk’s death.

Watch Godongwana’s speech courtesy of the SABC:

The leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), General Bantu Holomisa sent condolences to de Klerk’s family and friends and said that though de Klerk had a complicated relationship with him when he, Holomisa, led the Transkei now known as the Eastern Cape, he had done far better than his predecessor PW Botha.

The president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Mzwanele Nyhontso said the PAC does not care about de Klerk and that he has died, adding that if it were the PAC in government, de Klerk would not have been granted a state funeral, adding that his ashes should be thrown into the sea but not to one that is in Africa.

Nyhontso said what is of concern for the PAC is that there are families who will not get answers about the deaths of their loved ones during apartheid now that de Klerk has died.

Nyhontso further said the PAC does not care about de Klerk because he had been one of the architects of the current neo-liberal state and was president when Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA) – the PAC’s military wing – members were arrested, with some still languishing in jail to this day.

During apartheid, de Klerk had supported segregated universities in South Africa and was the head of the then government’s education policy when the government spent 10 times more on the education of white school pupils versus their black counterparts.

De Klerk also refused to cooperate with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and had approached the courts to stop the TRC’s report which implicated in an apartheid era bombing.

In more recent years, de Klerk had said that apartheid was not a crime against humanity but had only gone wrong in its implementation.

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