Roelf Meyer is a South African-born politician and businessman. Initially, he was a member of the National Party. Meyer is prominent for his negotiation role in bringing the South African apartheid to an end. He is the co-founder of the United Democratic Movement.
Even though it has been more than 20 years since Roelof Petrus Meyer has left active politics, he has been playing a great role behind the scenes. He has helped in bringing numerous global conflict resolutions.
Roelf Meyer profile summary
- Full name: Roelof Petrus Meyer
- Date of birth: 16th July 1947
- Place of birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- Roelf Meyer age: 73 years (as of 2020)
- Nationality: South African
- Ethnicity: Black
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Michele Meyer
- Profession: Politician, businessman
Roelf Meyer biography
Roelof Petrus Meyer was born on 16th July 1947 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Roelf Meyer parents are Hudson and Hannah. His father worked as a farmer in the present-day Eastern Cape formerly known as Humansdorp district. His mother was a school teacher.
Roelf Petrus education began at Ficksburg High School where he finished in 1964. He joined the University of Free State for a Degree in Bachelors of Communication and LLB. W
Petrus started practising as an attorney in Pretoria and Johannesburg in 1980. This happened one year after becoming a Member of Parliament for the National Party (NP).
In May 1992, he became a member of the government delegation at talks with the ANC at Groot Schuur in Cape Town.
Before his retirement in 2000, he held numerous ministerial roles in the government. Some of his positions were:
- 1991 - Minister of Defence
- May 1992 to 1996 - Minister of Constitutional Affairs and communication
In 1996, Petrus retired from the Member of Parliament position as well as from the Gauteng leadership of the National Party. Together with Transkeian leader Bantur Holomisa, he co-founded the United Democratic Movement (UDM).
In 1999, the national government offered parliamentary seats to UDM, and he became the party's, Deputy President. Apart from politics and government roles, the politician has held several international positions, including:
- Strategy Committee member of the Justice in Time of Transition project at Harvard
- Tip O'Neil Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland
- Chairman of the Civil Society Initiative (CSI) of South Africa
- Director and later Deputy Executive Chairman of TILCA Infrastructure Corporation
The role of Roelf Meyer in the transformation initiative is facilitating and advising work both inside and outside the country. Roelf Meyer organization funded and facilitated the resolving of the South African land issue as well as the development of Sri Lanka's constitution.
Petrus has also taken part in a few documentaries:
- A Week in Politics
- Miracle Rising: South Africa
- Nelson Mandela Redrawn
- Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause
Wife and children
Roelf Meyer wife goes by the name Michele. Information on when and where they met and tied the knot is not publicly known. Michele and the politician have been blessed with six children. Michele and Roelf Meyer children are two sons and four daughters whose names are not known to the public.
House and net worth
Where is Roelf Meyer holiday home located? The location of the politician's holiday house is not known to the public. Similarly, Roelf Meyer net worth is not known to the public either.
Roelf Meyer has been of great help to South Africans both in and out of the government. He achieved a lot while in power. At the moment, he is doing great work with the government in jumpstarting the economy of the country.
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