It did not provide any other information, but local media stated that it was taken in a house invasion in Cape Town.
In 1993, Mr. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela shared the award for their work to abolish the apartheid system. The police reportedly have not made any arrests or found the medal, according to South African media.
Elita De Klerk, the widow of Mr. De Klerk, told the local news website News24 that when she returned from a trip overseas, the safe in her house was “nearly empty.”
“I realised 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.
She admitted that she didn’t have much optimism that the stolen goods would be found. Alongside Mr. Mandela, Mr. De Klerk, South Africa’s first black president, who passed away in 2021, received the honor and the 18-carat gold medal in 1993.
The end of white minority rule in South Africa and the start of the democratic era were marked by Mr. De Klerk’s handover of the presidency to Mr. Mandela five years after his inauguration as president in 1989.
He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, and passed away almost exactly one year ago at the age of 85.