South Africa’s second-biggest opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), says that FW de Klerk should not be given a state funeral as he led an “evil regime” which enforced racial discrimination in the country until its rule ended in 1994.
To give De Klerk a state funeral would be to “spit in the face” of anti-apartheid heroes who “suffered in his hands, and who had their children murdered”, the EFF said in a statement.
De Klerk died at his home earlier at the age of 85 after losing his battle with cancer.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier said that De Klerk’s foundation would announce his funeral arrangements.
South African journalist Karyn Maughan has tweeted that this means that De Klerk will not receive a state funeral.
Meanwhile, mourners have been dropping off flowers at De Klerk’s home in Cape Town, as the photo below shows: