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Political and economic legacy of H.F. Verwoerd, 50 years after his assassination

Verwoerd believed the state should use the economy for political ends.

John Matisonn

Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd (born on 8 September 1901) was a right wing authoritarian leader and is regarded as the mastermind behind apartheid.

He survived an assassination attempt in 1960, but was eventually assassinated on 6 September 1966.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed John Matisonn, author of “God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa's future through its past” for his weekly “Science Of” feature.

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Verwoerd was the thinker. When he died Vorster just carried on with his ideas.

John Matisonn

Verwoerd had the good fortune of governing when the gold price was high and the economy was growing. He used that to implement the Bantustan policy.

John Matisonn

The concentration of the economy accelerated under Verwoerd.

John Matisonn

Nelson Mandela took long-term decisions. He wanted people who challenged him. He was a man who respected people with ideas. Thabo Mbeki wanted people around him that would listen to him.

John Matisonn

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