RACISM, unemployment and the housing shortage were all the legacy of former state president FW de Klerk, ANCYL leader Julius Malema said yesterday at celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from jail.
It was De Klerk, as head of state, who took the momentous decision in 1990 to free Mandela after 27 years behind bars.
But Malema, addressing a crowd of several thousand people at Drakenstein Prison near Paarl, said the former National Party leader, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela, was neither a hero nor an icon.
Malema said De Klerk made the February 2 1990 announcement - that Mandela would be released - because the people of South Africa had demanded that the ANC be unbanned and Mandela freed.
"De Klerk never released Mandela. De Klerk must never be celebrated. De Klerk is a product of apartheid.
"De Klerk sponsored black-on-black violence. De Klerk sponsored the IFP to kill our people in KwaZulu-Natal."
"Racism is the legacy of De Klerk, (he) must never be compared with Mandela." - Sapa