Was apartheid a crime against humanity? Of course it was, says Steenhuisen to Ntuli

18 February 2020 - 06:45 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Mbali Ntuli will take on John Steenhuisen for leadership of the DA.
Mbali Ntuli will take on John Steenhuisen for leadership of the DA.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

DA leadership hopeful Mbali Ntuli loves a good debate. Even members of her party aren't spared. Ntuli recently put DA interim leader John Steenhuisen on the spot, asking him about apartheid.

The brief exchange between the two came after DA MP Ghaleb Cachalia took to Twitter to “warn” against what he said was the inaccurate use of words such as “genocide” and “crime against humanity” in the context of apartheid.

He said he had experienced apartheid and its legacy, and that it was wrong to call those who had different views on the matter “apartheid apologists”.

His views were criticised, as some questioned whether they represented those of the DA. This did not sit well with Ntuli, who said while she supported healthy debate, this issue was not up for discussion.

For more than two weeks, apartheid has been trending on social media after an SABC interview with former president FW de Klerk stirred heated debate.

De Klerk reflected on his decision to unban liberation movements and call for the release of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela.

He denied apartheid was a crime against humanity. However, on Monday, his foundation released a statement apologising for his views.