'De Klerk comments bad for unity'

Former president FW de Klerk’s comments undermine the gains made in uniting the country.

Former president FW de Klerk. Picture:Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former president FW de Klerk's comments undermine the gains made in uniting the country, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution said on Sunday.

Speaking to CNN earlier this week, the former president said he would not apologise for the homeland system during apartheid.

But the council said de Klerk was defending a system that has been condemned internationally as a crime against humanity.

The organisation's Sipho Pityana said the former leader should have defended the South African Constitution.

Pityana said separate development has no place in the constitutional dispensation.