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Murdered in parliament

In 1966, the sixth Prime Minister of South Africa was stabbed to death inside the House of Assembly. Hendrik Verwoerd – considered to be the “Architect of Apartheid” – was attacked by a parliamentary messenger; members of parliament who were doctors rushed to his aid but without success.

Verwoerd memorial

Ossewa [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Incredibly, Verwoerd survived an earlier assassination attempt in which he was shot twice in the head at point-blank range. The blood-stained carpet from Verword’s death stayed in place in parliament for the next thirty-eight years.

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