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De Klerk: I’ve never tutored Maimane

The 'Mail & Guardian' is reporting that party insiders confirmed Maimane visited de Klerk for 'lessons'.

FILE: Former South African president FW de Klerk. Picture: FW de Klerk Foundation Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Former President FW de Klerk says there's no truth to claims his tutoring Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane.

The _ Mail & Guardian_is reporting that four party insiders confirmed Maimane visited the last apartheid-era president on various occasions.

Maimane says he meets with various people in his capacity as leader of the opposition but insists he only met de Klerk once.

  1. M&G story utter nonsense. As Leader of the Opposition, I meet former Leaders & State Presidents as a matter of course.

  1. I met with former President de Klerk once back in 2014. Just like I recently met with former President Mbeki. It's a non-story

He's dismissed the story as baseless.

"We cannot sit and say there can be some form of leadership lessons that come from FW de Klerk. I think that is the bit that also follows on in the article that is actually misleading and damaging."

The Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief Verashni Pillay says the paper was investigating claims of racism within the DA when four separate sources confirmed the story about leadership lessons.

"If we have reasonable belief that an allegation that is in the public interest is true, we then put in to the side.. to the person the allegation is about. They have time to respond and if they do not respond, we have done our responsibility."

LISTEN: Maimane: De Klerk leadership claims an absolute fabrication

Maimane also says he is considering what action to take in response to the story.

"I really found the article, certainly even the journalist who wrote it as a former staff member, the most devastating and the most misleading article in the in the world. I think we'll certainly we considering what action we must take because I think we cannot allow that sort of lies, blatant lies, to stand."

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