linked inyoutube

facebookicon-twitter-32x32

 

Latest News

The FW de Klerk Foundation writes regular articles on topical issues, supports language and cultural rights and participates in the national debate on racial and cultural issues. The Foundation also promotes communication by holding conferences and workshops.

ARTICLE: SOCIAL COHESION IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA

CUD ROUNDTABLE 1

As South Africans mourn the death of a great leader in Ahmed Kathrada, the broadest consensus on both social media and the mainstream, was one that expressed bereavement for a towering man who had lived through the worst of times and the best of times but died a sad man. Why was this so, we ask? Ahmed Kathrada’s poignant letter to the President summed up his and the views of millions of South Africans. We expected more, we expected better and are now bereft.

It was a poignant start to the Centre for Unity in Diversity’s Roundtable Series - held on 28 March in Cape Town - to pause and reflect on a great man’s legacy as we gathered to reflect on our first theme for the year, “Social Cohesion in Contemporary South Africa”. The Roundtable Series is crafted to stimulate discussion and debate on core issues that flow from the constitutional premise, “United in our Diversity”, captured in the Preamble. 

STATEMENT: FW DE KLERK TALKS ABOUT CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE HISTORIC FRAUENKIRCHE IN DRESDEN

FRAUENKIRCHEYesterday evening FW de Klerk spoke at the historic Frauenkirche in Dresden as part of the church’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureates lecture series. His topic was the accommodation of diversity as the main challenge to peace in the 21st century.

De Klerk pointed out that much of human history had been driven by the movement of people and the growth of populations. He said that now, once again, people were on the move. “The dominant image of our time might be the hundreds of thousands of refugees who each year are risking their lives in unseaworthy boats to reach Europe.” 

He observed that all this was happening at a time of the unsustainable growth of the human population and dramatic changes in life expectancy and fertility.

In 1950, global life expectancy was only 47 years - by 2011 it had increased to 70. A Japanese girl child born today could expect to live to 107. At the same time fertility rates in many European countries had plummeted far below the levels required to sustain present populations.

In the coming years, more and more refugees could be expected to seek safety and a better life in the prosperous and secure societies of Europe and North America.

SPEECH: ACCOMMODATING DIVERSITY IN A SHRINKING WORLD - THE MAIN CHALLENGE TO PEACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

DRESDEN optIt is a great honour for me to address you in this beautiful church. The Frauenkirche is a symbol of the victory of faith and peace over the brutality and destruction of war. It was rebuilt and reconsecrated after it had been destroyed in one of the most dreadful episodes in a dreadful war. It stands as an indomitable symbol of mankind’s ability to resurrect the best qualities of our civilization from the ruins and ashes of the worst.

Demography, as they say, is destiny.

Much of human history has been driven by the movement of people and the growth of populations.

Just consider the impact of migrations on mankind’s history:

  • The movement of tribes from central Asia against the ramparts of the Roman Empire;
  • migrations of the Huns and Mongols across the Eurasian landmass; and
  • the huge migrations from Europe from the beginning of the 16th century which dramatically changed the history and demography of much of the planet.

Now, once again, in our globalised world, people are on the move. 

STATEMENT: OUR BEARINGS HAVE COME UNDONE - THE DEATH OF ACCOUNTABLE LEADERSHIP

zuma

As we stare into the abyss as a nation the morning after the night before, we are asking ourselves, how can he, why did he, and could he really? A wholesale firing of a quarter of the Cabinet is a monumental act of confidence by the President as leader of SA Inc. Sadly, in this case, the act was not in the name of government or the electorate but driven by the antithesis of accountable leadership. The words of Howard Gardner, author and psychologist, Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership, came to mind as the nation woke up this morning. He describes a leader “as a person who is responsible, trusted, consistent, honest, and faithful. Leadership therefore exemplifies integrity and willingness to make sacrifices for the good of the governed”.

The actions of the President over the last 24 hours belie the very values ascribed to accountable leaders as described above but more painfully, contravene the very moral and ethical basis of the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa.

The country has come a long way precisely because of an abundance of ethical and accountable leadership, in the persons of Nelson Mandela and also FW de Klerk, who risked power and reputation to put country first at the dawn of democracy. Said FW de Klerk: “I played an integral part in helping formulating that new vision...that we must abandon apartheid and accept one united South Africa with equal rights for all, with all forms of discrimination to be scrapped from the statute book”. These powerful words attest to a man who sacrificed interest and power that came with the highest office in the land to nurture a democratic future guided by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE: WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF SASSA AND OTHER'S LACK OF CAPACITY AND INCOMPETENCE?

T ELOFF opt

“This Court and the country as a whole are now confronted with a situation where the executive admitted that it is unable to perform its constitutional and statutory responsibilities to provide social assistance to its people. And in the deepest and most humiliating irony it places its hopes in a private corporate entity to get out of this situation”

- Justice Johan Froneman, the Black Sash pronunciation, March 17, 2017

“The problem is that Hlaudi on went a campaign to appoint freelancers on a permanent basis. Now we are left with an exorbitant wage bill... They do not know what to do with all these people, because they do not have the skills to be moved to critical areas such as television and sales”

-  Unknown senior SABC employee, Rapport, March 19, 2017

STATEMENT: FAREWELL BRAVE WARRIOR

AHMED KATHRADA

The FW de Klerk Foundation mourns the loss of a brave warrior for democracy,  justice and non-racialism. Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, or Uncle Kathy as he was fondly called, leaves an indelible mark on generations of South Africans. His towering grace and humility leave a long shadow in a country he loved and served so unselfishly. It behooves this generation of South Africans to continue his lifelong principled quest for non-racialism and equality.

To Barbara Hogan, the Kathrada family and his legions of friends, we pay our respects.  

Hamba kahle Ahmed Kathrada.

Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation

STATEMENT: AHMED MOHAMED KATHRADA

kathrada

It is with great sadness that I have learnt about the death of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada. My wife Elita and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was a man of great integrity. He was truly a good man, who loved South Africa and all its people. His commitment to non-racialism and reconciliation not only played a role during the initial period of transition in the 90s, but until today. May it serve as an example to all South Africans at this time when racism is much too much prevalent.  

May he rest in peace.

Unfortunately, I will be in Malta for an international conference and won’t be able to attend his funeral tomorrow. 

Issued on behalf of Former President FW de Klerk

ARTICLE: SIFTING THROUGH THE MUDDLE TO MAKE SENSE OF SECTION 27

SASSA

In a decisive and often scathing judgment on Friday, 17 March 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that “SASSA and CPS are under a constitutional obligation to ensure payment of social grants to grant beneficiaries from 1 April 2017 until an entity other than CPS (own emphasis) can do so and that a failure to do so will infringe upon grant beneficiaries’ rights of access to social assistance under section 27(1)(c) of the Constitution”.    

The judgment has been widely analysed and there appears to be consensus that under the circumstances, the Court’s decision to suspend the declaration of invalidity for 12 months was the most practical and least disruptive.

The judgment placed a marked emphasis on the fact that there was a constitutional obligation on “both SASSA and CPS as organs of state performing a constitutional function for a considerable period to not end on 31 March 2017”. The emphasis on constitutional duty and reference to both as state organs is key to an understanding of the firm order made by the Court, notwithstanding the fact that CPS is a private entity. Bolder still was the request that CPS hand over its audited statements for Court scrutiny by end April 2017. This,  to ascertain the quantum CPS made since 2013 from the illegal and invalid contract, with the prospect looming of the company having to return up to R1 billion. 

More Articles ...

Contact Us

phone

PHONE: +27 (0) 21 930 36 22
FAX: +27 (0) 21 930 38 98

email E-MAIL: 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
address PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
Zeezicht Building, Tygerberg Park, 
163 Uys Krige Drive, Plattekloof, 
Cape Town, 7500, South Africa
  POSTAL ADDRESS: 
P.O. Box 15785, Panorama, 7506, South Africa

Latest Tweet

FWdeKlerkFoun @BulelaniMfaco Please do send your enquiry to info@fwdeklerk.org, thank you.
FWdeKlerkFoun RT @theCFCR: @theCFCR taking part in #MarchforChange in #CapeTown . We demand respect for the Constitution and Rule of Law https://t.co/Y2I

Newsletter Sign-up

Newsletter

Stay informed of developments that affect the Constitution, including draft legislation.