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.
Every now and then a boil appears on the 26-year-old face of the New South Africa. One such boil erupted on 6 October in Senekal - and another earlier this week at Brackenfell High School in the Cape. These ugly eruptions may reflect more than just a passing hormonal imbalance: they could indicate a deeper underlying toxicity that might threaten the whole body politic.
PROPOSED ONLINE CENSORSHIP OF SOUTH AFRICA: DRAFT FILMS AND PUBLICATIONS AMENDMENT REGULATIONS
The South African Film and Publication Board (SAFPB) recently published the Draft Films and Publications Amendment Regulations for public comment. The Regulations - which would be promulgated under the Films and Publications Amendment Act 11 of 2019 (the FPAA) - will be administered by the Board - and apply to the sale, hiring and streaming of content on the internet and various other digital platforms in South Africa.
The Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Adv Jacques du Preez as the Foundation’s new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 September 2020. Adv Du Preez succeeds Dr Dayne Morkel - who left the Foundation in March to take up career opportunities in the United States.
Adv Du Preez (39) was educated at Centurion High School and holds an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and a Master’s Degree (LLM) in Public Law from the University of Stellenbosch. He practised as an advocate and member of the Cape Bar from June 2007 until May 2011 - when he joined the Foundation’s Centre for Constitutional Rights as Operational Officer. During the following three years he made a valuable contribution to the CFCR’s activities - particularly in the areas of human rights monitoring, reporting and advocacy and in preparing submissions to Parliament and human rights bodies on draft legislation and human rights violations.
The FW de Klerk Foundation condemns the racist attack and intimidation of innocent bystanders by EFF members at N1 City Shopping Centre on 9 September 2020.
In an incident yesterday, which was captured on video by bystanders and subsequently substantiated by media reports, protesting members of the EFF made racist statements and jostled white bystanders after they were evicted by security personnel from a shopping centre near Cape Town. Upon their exit from the shopping centre the EFF members shouted at bystanders “F**k you white people”. This was followed by numerous further racial outbursts - that included shouting at the bystanders that they were “white racists” and that they must “go back to Europe, you are here to steal our land”.
My wife Elita and I would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Adv George Bizos SC.
He played a central role throughout his long career in championing the cause of justice. He provided expert and principled defence to the Rivonia trialists; he was one of President Mandela’s most loyal and valued advisers; and he was a steadfast and eloquent champion of the Constitution.
His example of service to the law and commitment to the principles of human dignity, equality and non-racialism will inspire future generations.
Issued on behalf of FW de Klerk
18 September 2020
The FW de Klerk Foundation welcomes the decision of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to institute proceedings against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Equality Court arising from comments posted in the social media on 14 September 2019.
The Twitter and Facebook posting by the EFF broadcast a video that included a number of quotes from the late President Robert Mugabe, stating that “the only white man you can trust is a dead white man” and “our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.” In the SAHRC’s opinion, these statements “constitute various violations of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act …”
The Foundation believes that all our constitutional institutions should, in an even-handed manner, guard against statements and actions from any quarter that might violate the law and undermine the core values of the Constitution.
Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation
21 September 2020
Former President FW de Klerk was recently invited to participate in one of a series of interviews that Jonathan Granoff, the President of the Global Security Institute, has been conducting with the American Bar Association.
In an historic judgement yesterday, the Constitutional Court upheld the appeal of New Nation and others against the judgement last year of the Western Cape High Court regarding the right of individuals to stand as independent candidates in national and provincial elections. The Court declared that “the Electoral Act 73 of 1998 is unconstitutional to the extent that it requires that adult citizens may be elected to the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures only through their membership of political parties.” It ordered Parliament to remedy this defect within the next 24 months - in time for the next national and provincial elections.