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Verwoerd’s grandson heading to Parliament

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A direct descendant of the “Architect of Apartheid”, Hendrik Verwoerd, has secured a seat in Parliament.

Wynand Boshoff. Picture: Soraya Crowie

A DIRECT descendant of the “Architect of Apartheid”, Hendrik Verwoerd, has secured a seat in Parliament.

Dr Wynand Johannes Boshoff, the grandson of Verwoerd, will represent the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) as a Member of Parliament after securing a seat following the 2019 general elections.

Verwoerd is often dubbed the “Architect of Apartheid” for his role in shaping the implementation of the apartheid policy when he was minister of native affairs and then prime minister.

He once described apartheid as a “policy of good neighbourliness”.

Boshoff is also the son of Orania founder Professor Carel Boshoff.

Carel was Verwoerd’s son-in-law. He married Verwoerd’s daughter Anna.

Carel was a professor of theology and was also an Afrikaner cultural activist. He is known as the founder of Orania, the Afrikaner settlement located along the Orange River in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape.

Carel was the president of the Orania movement (‘Orania Beweging’) until 2007. He became disabled due to an illness and his position as president was taken over by his son Carel Boshoff IV.

The FF+ more than doubled its support in the Northern Cape in last week’s 2019 general elections, with votes for the party increasing from 1.09% to 2.82% over the past five years. In the 2014 general elections the FF+ obtained 165 715 national votes, while in this cycle the party received 414 864 votes.

The FF+ is now the fifth biggest party in Parliament and gained six more seats, bringing its number of MPs to 10. A further two FF+ members now also serve on the National Council of Provinces.

Boshoff said yesterday that while preliminary polling outcome predictions did indicate that the FF+ would show strong growth, the party was really happy with the official outcome, adding that it “believed in growing through taking small steps”.

He added that the new supporters were mainly from minority groups who were looking for a party that would explicitly look after their own interests, especially culturally.

While Boshoff resided in Orania from 1993, he started working as a FF+ councillor at the Sol Plaatje Municipality in Kimberley from 2016 and has stayed there part-time since.

Kobus van den Berg will now take over his position as councillor at the Sol Plaatje Municipality.