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Former South Africa President’s Nobel prize medal stolen

The Nobel Peace Prize medal to former South Africa president, Frederik de Klerk, has been stolen from his Cape Town home.

An official from his foundation, Brenda Steyn said on Wednesday that the medal was stolen from the former president’s home earlier this year, and the theft had already been reported to the police.

The BBC reported that the widow of the former president, Elita Georgiades, also confirmed the theft.

“I realized that we were robbed in April of this year. On 5 April, I went to the safe and the safe was open. I had returned from an overseas trip on the fourth, so I remember the dates. Unfortunately, the safe was nearly empty,” she said.

“A lot of my jewellery was taken – it is difficult to put a price to it, as the pieces that were taken were given to me over the last 50 years for occasions, plus I had pieces that I inherited from my mother,” she added.

De Klerk and Nelson Mandela won the Nobel price in 1993 for their efforts to end the apartheid system.

FW de Klerk was president from 1989 to 1994. He died of cancer in 2021 at age 85.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu