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Ramaphosa: It's treason to deny apartheid a crime against humanity

The president has been responding in the National Assembly to the debate on his State of the Nation Address which he delivered last week.

President Cyril Ramaphosa responding to the State of the Nation Address debate in Parliament on 20 February 2020. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised that apartheid was definitely a crime against humanity - and to deny this was treasonous.

He has been responding in the National Assembly to the debate on his State of the Nation Address which he delivered last week.

Former president FW de Klerk caused widespread outrage when he said that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.

While De Klerk has apologised for his comments, the matter still came up in Parliament during the three-day Sona debate and reply by the president.

President Ramaphosa said it could not be denied that apartheid was inherently a crime against humanity.

“It can again be said that apartheid was inherently a crime against humanity. It was a crime against the oppressed people of South Africa even before it was so declared by the UN.”

He says apartheid was a great crime committed against the people of South Africa and the United Nations would have never been hoodwinked when declaring it a crime against humanity.

“The UN is made up of people from all over the world and they could never have been hoodwinked, deceived or influenced by anyone.”

WATCH LIVE: Ramaphosa's Sona debate reply