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Verwoerd, Hendrik Line breaks: Hen|drik Ver|woerd
Pronunciation: /fə(r)ˈvʊət/

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 (1950-8) he developed the segregation policy of apartheid. As Premier he banned the ANC and the Pan-Africanist Congress in 1960, following the Sharpeville massacre. He withdrew South Africa from the Commonwealth and declared it a republic in 1961.


Pronunciation: /fə(r)ˈvʊədɪən/
Example sentences
  • The Verwoerdian nightmare of ‘separate development’ was built on such absurd assumptions.
  • The real restriction is the hold the Verwoerdian fiction still has, that there are white areas in SA.
  • He believed in non-violence and defied the Verwoerdian administration with protest actions such as passbook-burning.
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