The Presidential Years

Regarding the question of the so-called massacre in Shell House, the members of the NP have stood up on the IFP's side. This is in spite of the fact that on the day before the event, I telephoned President De Klerk, as he then was, Gen Van der Merwe, and Gen Calitz. I told them that there was going to be that so-called demonstration, and that a lot of people were going to die. I asked them to put up roadblocks around Johannesburg, so as to protect lives.

They all undertook to do so. Mr De Klerk actually interrupted me and said: "Have you told Vander Merwe about this?", and I said "Yes, I have." He then said that he would also tell him. No roadblocks were put in place. Those people were allowed to come into the city with their weapons.

By 07:00 Radio 702 had announced that Inkatha had killed 32 people in Soweto. By the time they came to town, we already had that information.

They came to Shell House, past the spot where they were supposed to have the meeting. We knew why, therefore I gave instructions to our security that if they attacked the House, then they must please protect it, even if they had to kill people. It was absolutely necessary for me to give that instruction.

What is important now is that the NP and the DP, which is now to the right of the NP, were not once able to say who killed the 45 people in Johannesburg. Their sole occupation was the nine people who were killed in self-defence. That was the sole purpose of the point of view of the NP and the DP. They showed no concern about the 45 other people who were killed, thus encouraging the perception that Whites do not care about Blacks.

There is also the case of Terreblanche, which I mentioned here. Terreblanche was asked the question: "Was it not a humiliation that three of your men were killed by Blacks?" He answered: "What humiliation? Three for 50? Dit was 'n skitterende vertoning!" That is what he said.

Terreblanche is moving freely, and nobody is raising the matter. What the NP and DP are raising is the question of the nine people who were killed at Shell House.

Those 50 people mean nothing. I do not know what type of person the policeman is who is investigating the Shell House shootings. Documents were drawn up between the Minister for Safety and Security and himself. Suddenly these documents were presented to Parliament by Tony Leon. These documents could only have come from the investigating officer. It is clear that this officer has his own agenda. These are issues which face us and senators must realise that we are observing these issues.

In the North West province, the Attorney-General has charged the Black soldier who killed three members of the AWB. Terre' Blanche killed 50, by his own admission, and yet he is still walking free.

What type of South Africa is this? It is against this background that we are putting a message forward, saying let us forget the past and build a nation.

We should, however, not be taken for granted. We are not doing so because we are under any obligation to anyone. We do so because we love our country and our people. We do not need lectures either about the Constitution or the funding of provinces. The NP amended the constitution when it suited them, left and right with no respect! [Interjections.]

I want to repeat in this House that I am the President of this entire country. It is my duty to save lives. If I cannot save lives under the existing laws, I will amend the Constitution. [Applause.]

I have seen women wailing because their husbands, children and loved ones had been hacked to death. Some senators here have never witnessed this. To some, this whole issue is theoretical.