Deep reconciliation

Deep reconciliation

Wilhelm Verwoerd and his calling to ‘transform apartheid’.

His biggest calling these days is to work towards bringing about “deep reconciliation” and “transforming apartheid” in South Africa, but there was a time when Wilhelm Verwoerd’s ambition was to become an elite solider in the South African Defence Force and to then go on to become a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.

Now 55, the grandson of apartheid architect Hendrik Verwoerd, has taken it upon himself, following an epiphany as a student, to atone for his grandfather’s legacy and to dedicate his life to doing what he calls “white work” with a view to achieving “deep reconciliation” among South Africans.

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Submitted by : Barry Midgley of DURBAN on 2019-07-29 08:24:00
It is somewhat surprising the children/grandchildren of Oupa Hendrik have taken such a negative view. To the masses he was the devil incarnate and to big business he was the best wet dream. Both groups for different reasons had the perfect fall guy. Big business could continue exploiting the slaves, rip off the country’s wealth, and all the while the corporate media, which they controlled, created the illusion that they were fighting for democracy.
Hendrik was a highly intelligent man and a cunning politician. He knew to stay in power you have play to the gallery while at the same time slowly, slowly catchy monkey. He had privately maintained that it was impossible for the minority to rule the majority for any great length of time, but it was his opinion at that time that there was no black South African capable of running the country. Arrogant you say, who knows, but Africa’s track record speaks for itself. While he outwardly decried black education he passed inter alia The Extension of the University Education Act (1959) to enable the creation of universities for Blacks, Coloureds and Indians. No one objected and if they did it was pretty muted.
The “Times Magazine” had this to say eleven days before he was assassinated
“South Africa is in the midst of a massive boom. Attracted by cheap labour, a gold backed currency and high profits, investors from all over the world have ploughed money into the country, and the new industries that they have started have sent production, consumption – and the demand for labour – soaring. Such are the proportions of prosperity…”

Hendrik and Slim Jannie unfortunately made the same mistake – they stood on the bunions of big business and were summarily removed.

A rich farmer David Pratt on the 9th April 1960 took a couple of pot shots which wounded Hendrik – he survived. Platt was found unfit for trial and committed to an asylum. Again on the 6th September 1966 Dimitri Tsafendas stabbed Hendrik in the Houses of Parliament. Hendrik died before he got to hospital. Dimitri was found unfit to stand trial and committed to an asylum. A goddam Greek can jump the border without a passport, find a job in Parliament and then be found to be mentally unstable – absolutely bloody amazing! Where were our terrifying security agencies? Now please tell me that was just a coincidence that both were mentally lacking – bullshit!
As with all fake news stories simply ignore and follow the money.
Hendrik Verwoerd commissioned an investigation into power monopolies, a report known as the Hoek report in 1965. Enough said.
The English Press then set about blackening his name (no pun intended) and all the ills of the Nationalist Government were laid at his doorstep – convenient for all parties involved? Money makes the world go around…of that you can be sure!
By no stretch of the imagination am I a fan Hendrik or his party. I also don’t believe in democracy and before you click your heals I believe in a republic with a constitution that treats all people equally and defends the rights of the individual. That said we can however make comparisons. When Hendrik became Prime Minister the Nationalist party had been in power for ten years. He was Prime Minister for another eight. During his reign he did more for all South Africans than the ANC has done in 25 years - check the population growth of black South Africans under apartheid if you have any doubts! The truth hurts. It is time the ANC got off their scratcher and proved him wrong!
Submitted by : Sybrandus Adema on 2019-07-26 13:54:55
Very good article, tx. Just check spelling of Heidelberg (berg = mountain, burg = place of). And the country is more commonly known as the Netherlands (Holland refers to 2 of the provinces)
Submitted by : Piet Potgieter of Wellington on 2019-07-26 07:31:49
Every volk has its sick members ...


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