Item 1512 - Statement by Former President Mandela on the death of Mrs Betsie Verwoerd

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Statement by Former President Mandela on the death of Mrs Betsie Verwoerd


  • 2000-02-29 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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Death of Mrs Betsie Verwoerd

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While I am still in the United Arab Emirates, I have learnt with sadness about the death of Mrs Betsie Verwoerd.

During my term in Office I met Mrs Verwoerd, which was part of a series of meetings with wives of political leaders of both the Apartheid regime and leaders of the Liberation struggle. Mrs Verwoerd, Mrs Luthuli and Mrs Sobukwe were unable to travel to Pretoria to my then official residence Mahlamba Ndlopfu, because of health reasons and since they showed interest in our meeting I arranged to travel to their respective residences to meet with them. I recall a very warm reception from all of them. I was impressed with Mrs Verwoerd's pure Afrikaner hospitality. She and her husband are part of South Africa's history even though we sharply condemned their policies.

My thoughts are with her family during this period. N R MANDELA


Zelda la Grange
Private Secretary and Spokesperson
Dubai- 29 February 2000

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Acquisition method: Hardcopy ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation. Accessioned on 26-07-2012 by Kelsey Duinkerken




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