AN UNWITTING ASSASSIN, the story of my father's attempted assassination of Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd

: Cazenove (S.)

R 260.00
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216pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, (Johannesburg), (2017) 2019


On 9 April 1960 Suzie Cazenove's father, wealthy South African businessman David Pratt, shot Dr Hendrik Verwoerd twice, at point blank range. He was arrested at the scene. The court accepted the medical reports submitted by five psychiatrists, all of which confirmed that Pratt lacked legal capacity and could not be held criminally liable. He was committed to The Fort, a mental hospital in Bloemfontein, where he committed suicide in 1961. Verwoerd survived, and was assassinated in 1966 by Dimitri Tsafendas.