Verwoerd's grandson to launch book to help reconciliation in SA

Verwoerd's grandson to launch book to help reconciliation in SA

Wilhelm Verwoerd, the grandson of apartheid leader Hendrik Verwoerd, penned a book that could help reconciliation in SA.

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The grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd, the last president of the Union of South Africa and founder of the Republic of South Africa, is set to launch a book which he said would help white South Africans understand the injustices and effects of apartheid.

According to Eyewitness News, Wilhelm Verwoerd's book, titled Verwoerd: My journey through family betrayals, could help reconcile South Africans.

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Verwoerd's grandson to launch book to help reconciliation in SA

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Briefly.co.za gathered Wilhelm is not a fan of his grandfather's work. Verwoerd expanded the white minority's power over the various non-white ethnic groups that made up the majority of the country's population.

According to Wikipedia, Verwoerd was heavily against the anti-apartheid movement and his legislation caused the disenfranchisement of the people, loss of civil rights and discrimination of the majority.

Wilhelm is the polar opposite of his grandfather, and he said young black South Africans challenged him to do "white work" - which meant he engaged with his own community, family and people with whom he shared an ethnic background with.

According to him, the "white work" enabled him to journey into the understanding of what apartheid meant for non-white people in SA.

“The intention was to contribute to what we call ‘white work’. So that we can get to a deeper kind of reconciliation on what we have achieved so far," he said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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