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This posting can be considered a response to commentary made in the previous posting. In the light of the fact that religion and the name “De Klerk” popped up in the dispute, I’d like to share with readers my personal conviction that I seriously doubt De Klerk was listening to God when he took his “next quantum leap” –a phrase used by Allister Sparks in his well-known book titled, “Tomorrow Is Another Country”.
I’m sharing this story because I strongly doubt that most people, who read the book in 1995, did not recognise the fact that De Klerk, his entire cabinet, plus 50 other officials and advisors, were not listening to God when they held their first bush conference bosberaad to resolve calamities of all sorts related to the treacherous process of debating with terrorists. Mind you, at that time most of us weren’t even aware of all the deceit going on behind the scenes!
De Klerk was a religious man, and a member of the Gereformeerde Kerk. The church, in line with its interpretation of Calvinist theology, believe that its members (known as Doppers) may receive a calling roeping from God to perform a specific task at a particular time in particular circumstances. At the inauguration service held in Pretoria De Klerk’s favourite pastor, Reverend Pieter Bingle, used this same theme in his preachings.
Allister Sparks describes the occurrence on pages 76 and 77 of his book, and mentions how deeply affected De Klerk was, and that he truly believed he had received a calling. A mere two pages later Allister Sparks writes about the first big bosberaad, held at an exotic setting deep in the heart of the bushveld near Ellisras. The venue, a game reserve called D’Nyala, became De Klerks Camp David – a strategic hideaway throughout the years to follow.
Bear in mind that this groundbreaking event took place on 3 - 4 December 1989 a mere 7 weeks after the release of several high-ranking terrorists, who were released long before Mandela was. Mandela insisted on their release during his many secret meetings with government agents and officials. The ANC was thus no longer considered a banned organisation, and places like Soweto revelled with non-stop songs, booze, and bonfires. Despite all the jubilation going on in the country the situation was far from stable or placid, hence the reason for a bosberaad.
This is what happened at this first bosberaad:
De Klerk and his entourage arrived in two Hercules transport planes. The head of the establishment, Jan van Breda, described the scene as follows:
“Man it was beautiful. Everything was shining, spick and span. We had candles, champagne, flowers, everything laid out there in the lapa. They arrived at seven on the evening of 3 December and we had arranged dinner for nine o’clock. They had just unpacked their things and were beginning a pre-dinner drink when an almighty thunderstorm hit us. God, man, I have never seen such a storm in my life. The rain came down in buckets, thunder and lightning, the whole works. It flooded everything out, swamped the flowers, drenched the tables – and put out the lights.”
Extract from Tomorrow Is Another Country, by Allister Sparks (Pages 80 – 81)
I rest my case!