Hendrik Verwoerd

 
​‘The current state of basic education should cause outrage’
​‘The current state of basic education should cause outrage’
The state of the basic education system should have South Africans toyi-toying in the streets, demanding urgent intervention. Even 25 years since...
A usefully awkward encounter with Verwoerd
A usefully awkward encounter with Verwoerd
I got up to shake my guest’s hand at the end of the interview. I then asked my producer to take a photo of us. My producer obliged. He took...
Head’s journalism eclipsed
Head’s journalism eclipsed
Dimitri Tsafendas and Bessie Head shared the weight of being of mixed-race parentage in a country governed by a clique obsessed with race, racial...
Don’t censor the red berets, describe them
Don’t censor the red berets, describe them
There has been a suggestion that the best way to respond to the politics of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is either not to cover them in the...
Verwoerd’s assassin a complex ‘hero’
Verwoerd’s assassin a complex ‘hero’
Growing up in Maputo (then Lourenço Marques) in the 1920s and 1930s, Dimitri Tsafendas would play sword-fight with his friends.
Stop calling us ‘coloured’ and denying us our diverse African identities
Stop calling us ‘coloured’ and denying us our diverse African identities
A colonial and apartheid past of policies and laws based on ‘define and rule’ is expressing itself in the current...
The law can change racist minds
The law can change racist minds
Much recent news and public discourse might seem to indicate that South Africa’s non-racial rainbow is fading. Racism, its...
Unravelling Darwin’s ‘hunch’
Unravelling Darwin’s ‘hunch’
Charles Darwin speculated that the origins of modern human beings may be traced to Africa. It took more than a century of hard research, exploration and scientific endeavour for his hunch to be vindicated....
Jury's still out on whether Tsafendas was a political hero or a deranged assassin
Jury's still out on whether Tsafendas was a political hero or a deranged assassin
On September 6 1966, parliamentary messenger Demitrio Tsafendas stabbed South African prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd to death in Parliament, in...
Our best Verwoerd forward
Our best Verwoerd forward
When Melanie Verwoerd (46) met Nelson Mandela for the first time back in 1990, she was 23. Madiba’s eyes lit up when he heard her surname...

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