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SA’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/PHILL MAGAKOE
SA’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/PHILL MAGAKOE

FW de Klerk came to a fork in the road, and without much delay for futurist-scenario examination took the branch that has led the country to where it finds itself today.

A minority of voters opposed his decision, announced on February 2 1990, but as the outcome unfolded over the next 30 years, more and more became disillusioned with majority rule and crossed over to swell the ranks of the Jeremiahs. Hundreds of thousands gave up all hope and emigrated.  

It has in some quarters become fashionable to blame FW for the mess SA finds itself in 2021, and to besmirch his legacy with the failures of others. I believe it would be a worthwhile endeavour for a gathering of historians and scenario forecasters (drawn from opposing political cultures) to work out probable consequences had FW chosen to continue along the “total onslaught” road. And also for those who slate his collaborator, Nelson Mandela, as a sell-out for reaching the agreement he did with FW.

Let all put rather more thought into the meaning of the legacies of those two giants of our history, than do those who think they could have done better. May FW de Klerk’s soul rest in peace.

Ryckard Blake 
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