Mantashe unimpressed with de Klerk

The ANC lashes out at FW de Klerk's comment on the apartheid's homelands system

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe on Friday said former President FW de Klerk's refusal to apologise for the homeland system shows he is nostalgic for South Africa's apartheid past.

On Thursday night during an interview, De Klerk alluded that the National Party Policy of separate development was not wrong.

He told CNN he had not changed his mind about the homelands.

"What I haven't apologised for is the original concept of seeking to bring justice to all South Africans through the concept of nation states," said de Klerk.

Mantashe in response argued that the policy still affects our provinces.

"You will see that everywhere [where] there were Bantustans, [is] a problem we'll always battle with," Mantashe responded.