483pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018.
Dimitri Tsafendas assassinated Verwoerd on 6 September 1966. He was found unfit to stand trial on the grounds that he suffered from schizophrenia, declared a State President's patient and detained, first in prison and then in a mental institution, until his death in 1999. Although the Court found he had no political motive for killing Verwoerd, Dousemetzis demonstrates that Tsafendas was a communist, the son of an anarchist and committed to an independent Mozambique, the country of his birth.
"This research confirms that there was a cover-up. It shows convincingly that Tsafendas was a political revolutionary, whose assassination of Dr Verwoerd was motivated by a hatred of Dr Verwoerd and all he stood for. He was not an insane killer but a political assassin determined to rid South Africa of the architect of apartheid." John Dugard, Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Harris Dousemetzis is a tutor at the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK.