Pearl Thusi, an actress, has joined the many celebrities who have spoken out over FW de Klerk's death, however, her words created some consternation on the TL. This comes after the final apartheid president, Nelson Mandela, died on Thursday at the age of 85 from mesothelioma cancer. Former President FW de Klerk died peacefully this morning at his home in Fresnaye after a long battle with mesothelioma cancer." His wife Elita, children Jan and Susan, and grandkids survive him, according to the FW de Klerk Foundation.
Taking to Twitter, the actress expressed her strong feelings in a series of tweets, stating De Klerk did not deserve a state burial and urging people to protest if one is conducted. If FW de Klerk receives a state funeral, it will be a giant middle finger to the people who suffered in our nation under the apartheid government, she wrote. If it is deemed a state funeral, we must interrupt it. There is simply no way. She admits to being unconcerned about the death of the previous president.
"It feels strange to me to celebrate anyone's death." I don't care if he's dead or alive. Perhaps he was already dead to me because I'm not sad." De Klerk served as President of South Africa from September 1989 to May 1994, after which he became one of the country's two deputy presidents following the country's first multi-racial, democratic election in April 1994. De Klerk, the son of a National Party senator and minister, was elected to Parliament in 1972 after studying law and winning the seat of Vereeniging in what was then known as Southern Transvaal. In 1978, he was nominated to Prime Minister John Vorster's Cabinet and served in a variety of capacities, including Minister of National Education.
De Klerk was also a member of the Broederbond, a clandestine Afrikaner organization active in politics and society at the time. After PW Botha suffered a stroke and resigned from the National Party leadership in February 1989, he took over as head of the party. He was elected president seven months later after Botha resigned in rage and the National Party won a whites-only election with a narrow margin.
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