Hendrik Verwoerd Biography
Birthday: September 8, 1901 (Virgo)
Born In: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd was a Dutch-born South African politician, who served as the prime minister of the Union of South Africa for around three years. He was also a sociologist and a journalist. He announced the founding of the Republic of South Africa in 1961 and became the country’s prime minister. He held this position till he was assassinated after five years by Dimitri Tsafendas. Known to be an authoritarian and socially conservative leader, he was an Afrikaner nationalist. He attempted to transform apartheid into a tool for entrenchment of white domination. He even used to call apartheid a "policy of good neighbourliness", and most of his decisions made in the areas of law enforcement and public policies ended up making the non-white population of the country suffer from discrimination due to their skin color. Apartheid had existed way before Verwoerd came to office, but he helped it gain a legal and theoretical ground, which led him to be known as the ‘Architect of Apartheid’. He was assassinated in September 1966 by Dimitri Tsafendas.