'I abolished apartheid'

15 May 2012 - 13:20
By Sapa

FORMER president FW de Klerk sought to remind the world yesterday that he helped abolish apartheid, following criticism over comments he made last week.

"May I remind everybody that it was me, together with the fellow leaders of the National Party, who abolished apartheid on February 2 1990," he said in Cape Town.

"Why would I have nostalgia for that which I abolished and for that which I apologised? I don't want to get into the twisted interpretation of what I've said." De Klerk was speaking at the opening of The Scoin Shop in the city.

He said he was optimistic about the future, despite many "challenges".