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Mbete's 'Verwoerdian slip'

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National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: Lulama Zenzile
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: Lulama Zenzile

In an interesting case in the 1940s, Hendrik Verwoerd sued The Star for defamation after the newspaper criticised him for being a Nazi supporter.

The Star’s take on Verwoerd was in reaction to statements he had published in Die Transvaler, advocating for the Union of South Africa to be neutral towards Nazi Germany and to forge a “separate peace.” 

This, he said, would be a step towards the establishment of a republic in South Africa.

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