Yeah, as mad as it sounds – the Nobel prize winning former president of South Africa, now plies his trade on a variety of different cruise ships for a living, as a glorified cruise ship entertainer.
This year De Klerk will be working for Cunard, aboard the Queen Mary 2, giving “cruise speech and lectures”.
Cunard, forever linked to the Titanic and once based in Liverpool before being bought by American & Israeli owned Carnival Cruise lines, is announcing that De Klerk will be making the rounds on their ships this season.
Curnard announced via their site that,
(Hilariously) “President F.W. De Clerk Joining Queen Mary 2’s world voyage between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town from April 15-17, 2015.
Mr De Klerk will give a presentation ‘Walking with Nelson Mandela on the Long Road to a New South Africa’ and partake in a Q&A session while onboard from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.. His appearance will take place during a 16-night sector of the world voyage, departing Fremantle on April 2, 2015. Fares on the sector are priced at $3349* for a balcony stateroom.”
Frederik Willem de Klerk served as South Africa’s State President from September 1989 to May 1994. He was the seventh and last head of state of South Africa under the apartheid era. De Klerk brokered the end of apartheid and supported the transformation of South Africa into a multi-racial democracy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, with Nelson Mandela, for his role in the ending of apartheid.”
I am not going to spend the remainder of this story bashing De Klerk, as that’s been done ad nauseum at this juncture.
What I would like to leave you with is a question.
Did De Klerk envision he would have to speak on cruise ships for a living when he handed the Jewel of Africa to the African National Congress?
Even if it is not solely for remuneration, is it fair to say that history has been kinder to Nelson Mandela than it has been to de Klerk?
De Klerk, who had a larger part in the fall of Apartheid than Mandela, does have a film coming out – but not with Spielberg’s DreamWorks or the Weinstein’s, Miramax, but by Baraka Productions (they have 326 likes on facebook as of Sept 23rd).
Mandela’s already been played by Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, which grossed $122,233,971 globally and earned the Mandela estate millions in royalties. My guess is Winnie & co won’t be doing the cruise circuit anytime soon.
While Robert Mugabe, his despicable wife, Winnie and the other clowns that amassed wealth from decolonisation and ammove to democracy, that reportedly jet set to Europe with hundreds of pieces of empty luggage to fill with designer clothes they source on the Paris shopping trips, De Klerk apparently travels with but one piece of luggage.
Although I don’t want to use this article to pass judgement on De Klerk, as that’s a road well worn, I would like to ask if the misguided man, is second guessing his own actions now?
While he has to hit the cruise ship circuit twith clowns and failed Broadway singers, the men that ripped power away from him continue to live like kings- their once well-fed subjects, die of HIV and starvation.
by G Vallone