Japie Basson dies

2012-08-08 17:50

Johannesburg - Veteran politician Japie Basson, who was ejected from the National Party by apartheid architect Hendrik Verwoerd, died in Cape Town on Wednesday, his family said.

He was 94 years old.

Basson joined and left several political parties during his career in politics, said family spokesperson Ben de Kok.

"He never changed his mind. He left parties because they changed theirs," de Kok said.

The family said former prime minister Verwoerd expelled Basson from the NP because of his opposition to apartheid.

Basson published several books toward the end of his life which dealt with the past 60 years of South Africa's political history.

  • okonkwo7 - 2012-08-08 19:40

    Verwoerd Drive in Centurion should be renamed to Basson drive. Rest in peace old man

  • arthur.marks.754 - 2012-08-08 20:12

    Condolences to the family. M H D S R I P.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-08 23:14

    He was one of the better Nats, but not very progressive.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-09 09:27

      Agreed, and notwithstanding my condolences to his family.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-04 16:15

      He is my first memory, from coming to SA in 1966. The streets of Bezuidenhout were lined with posters, green and yellow for Basson, and orange and blue for Gey van Pittius. At that election, or some later one, Basson survived by 50 votes. Perhaps for that memory I liked reading his remarks quoted in the newspapers. He struck me as a pragmatic Burkean conservative, fearless of change, not leading it. His passage to the United Party was via the National Unity Party, of which he was the sole MP in 1961.

  • jacostoneysteenkamp - 2012-10-04 15:18

    Really? I great Man has died, and now we have a bunch of idiots nitpicking about the use of certain words . FFS people, its a word, a WORD. Show some respect

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