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[LISTEN] Verwoerd's grandson speaks of healing wounds and learning to reconcile

14 December 2018 12:13 PM
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Hendrik Verwoerd's grandson has walked a very different path from his grandfather, one of the architects of apartheid.

Hendrik Verwoerd's grandson, Wilhelm Verwoerd, has walked a very different path from his grandfather, one of the architects of apartheid.

The philosopher talks to CapeTalk Early Breakfast host Abongile Nzelezele about his journey, growing up as a Verwoerd and speaking out against this family.

He starts by saying that having been raised in the heart of an Afrikaaner family when he was young he was part of the system that supported apartheid.

My grandfather was seen as a hero within that community that I grew up in.

Wilhelm Verwoerd, philosopher and grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd

But as a student, he had the opportunity to study overseas in Britain and The Netherlands during the mid-80s, and it opened his eyes.

It was a very strong anti-apartheid time overseas, and for the first time, and for the first time I got the opportunity to really meet fellow black South Africans - and white South Africans - who had strong political views that were different from mine.

Wilhelm Verwoerd, philosopher and grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd

For the first time, I was exposed to the realities of what was going on in my own country, and people talking about how they hated my grandfather because of what he stood for.

Wilhelm Verwoerd, philosopher and grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd

He began to face questions about what the truth was and this was the start of his journey.

I had to systematically unlearn what I had learned and the beliefs I had grown up with.

Wilhelm Verwoerd, philosopher and grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd

Listen to this enlightening interview below:


14 December 2018 12:13 PM
Tags:
APARTHEID
Anti apartheid
Hendrik Verwoerd
Day of Reconciliation
anti apartheid activist
Wilhelm Verwoerd

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