The Assassination of Verwoerd
Category All History
Series Title Infamous Assassinations
Episode 12
Duration 25 mins
Product Code 22025
Broadcast Year 2007
Price £195.00

Part of the Infamous Assassinations series, The Assassination of Verwoerd looks at the events in history that led to this day. Cape Town, 1966 On 6 September 1966, seven minutes after taking his seat in the House of Assembly, South African Prime Minister Dr Henrick Verwoerd was assassinated by Demetrio Tsafendas, a Bible-quoting parliamentary messenger. Verwoerd had played a key role in constructing South Africa's Apartheid laws, but ironically the assassin claimed he was not doing enough for whites. The Assassination of Verwoerd was the second attempt on Verwoerd's life.

A BBC education video about history and politics

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