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Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd
Person · 08 September 1901-06 September 1966

Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd (1901–1966) was a prominent South African politician who served as Prime Minister from 1958 until his assassination in 1966, during which he implemented apartheid policies that enforced racial segregation and bolstered white minority rule. He justified apartheid as a means of preserving white supremacy, despite widespread domestic and international criticism. Verwoerd's legacy is controversial, representing oppression to many while also being acknowledged as a central figure in shaping South Africa's history during the 20th century.