Thirty-six minutes into the AfriForum documentary Disrupted Land, it turns to the origins of apartheid. At 38 minutes, Liza-Mari Oberholzer, from De Afrikander Handelshuis, has the following to say about the 1950 Group Areas Act and the minister of native affairs, later to become prime minister, Hendrik Verwoerd: “Now, many people say that Verwoerd is the architect of apartheid, but it’s a very simplistic way of looking at Verwoerd. I think Verwoerd was a philosopher. He had an ideal that he wanted to reach. And this ideal was to establish a country that was very much like Europe; the make-up of different countries with borders next to each other, but who had different cultures, different languages, and in each country, people could develop along their own lines. And Verwoerd had the same dream for SA. “He wanted to enable the different groups in SA to be governed by their own people, to study their own language and develop along their own lines, of their own cultures. So, Verwoerd’...

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