- Dr Wynand Boshoff, grandson of Hendrik Verword, will be going to Parliament this year
- Some, however, have taken issue with this due to his heritage
- However, Boshoff says that he is his own man and should be treated as an individual
Dr Wynand Boshoff will be heading to Parliament as part of the Freedom Front Plus, but his selection has already stirred controversy.
That's because Boshoff is the grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd, widely regarded as the architect of apartheid.
TV host Penny Lebyane is the latest to speak out against Boshoff going to Parliament.
In a tweet, Lebyane said she was "pissed" that Boshoff was going to Parliament.
"Its clear whites are determined to hold on to everything and thry [sic] wont give up power," she wrote.
However, Boshoff says he should be evaluated as an individual, rather than as Verwoerd's grandson, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"I'm my own person and the main issues I want to address are those of minority groups," Boshoff told the Cape Times.
Additionally, Boshoff says that it was never his intention to enter politics. He says he merely volunteered for the Freedom Front Plus, and that his involvement escalated from there, according to IOL.
Furthermore, Boshoff is, in fact, not the first of Verwoerd's relatives to go to Parliament in the democratic South Africa.
Previously, Melanie Verwoerd, the wife of Hendrik Verword's grandson Wilhelm, served as a Member of Parliament for the ANC during the Mandela presidency.
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