NOTES FOR A SPEECH BY FORMER PRESIDENT FW DE KLERK

TO THE NEW NATIONAL PARTY GOLF DAY

5 MAY 2000

 

THE CRISIS IN ZIMBABWE

The crisis in Zimbabwe has very little to do with the land question:

The crisis centres rather on the following issues:

The relative success of South Africa’s historic compromise is based firmly on principles which represent the antithesis of Mugabe’s approach, including

For all these reasons it is essential for all South Africans – and particularly for the South African Government  – to condemn President Mugabe’s  actions forthrightly and unambiguously.

The argument in favour of continued quiet diplomacy is, for the following reasons, basically flawed: