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Verwoerd, Hendrik

Syllabification: Ver·woerd, Hendrik
Pronunciation: /fərˈvo͝ort

Definition of Verwoerd, Hendrik in English:

( 1901–66), South African statesman; prime minister 1958–66; full name Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd. As minister of Bantu affairs (1950–58), he developed the segregation policy of apartheid. As premier, he banned the ANC and the Pan-Africanist Congress in 1960 and declared South Africa a republic in 1961.

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