AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel claims that only about 700 people were murdered by the apartheid security forces.
In the same breath, Kriel made the outrageous claim that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
“My definition of crime against humanity is when there are mass murders like in the case of Nazi Germany,” Kriel told Pretoria Rekord East.
He said the racial policy that saw the killing, torture and dispossession black people was not as bad as some other systems in the world.
After making the comment in a radio interview, Pretoria East Rekord contacted him, and he confirmed his words.
“I do not think that apartheid was a crime against humanity because an alternative to that was communism, under which hundreds of thousands of people were murdered.”
Kriel said he was not saying this to justify the horrors of apartheid.
He claimed that only about 700 people were murdered by the apartheid security forces.
But according to the submissions made by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996, 21 000 black people were killed.
Kriel remained resolute that apartheid was not that bad.
AfriForum deputy president Ernst Roets said the organisation could not comment on Kriel’s remarks.
“Our view as Afriforum is that the law around crime against humanity is not applied consistently because you have systems in countries where millions of people were murdered, but those systems were never considered crimes against humanity.”