Tsafendas, murderer of South African Prime Minister Hendrik F. Verwoerd in 1966, dies

Dimitri Tsafendas

Thursday, 7 October 1999

Dimitri Tsafendas, murderer of South African Prime Minister Hendrik F. Verwoerd in 1966, died at the age of 81 at the Sterkfontein psychiatric hospital on the West Rand. Dimitri Tsafendas, parliamentary messenger, was declared schizophrenic three months before he knifed to death Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd. After killing Verwoerd he claimed that he had a giant tapeworm inside him, which spoke to him. He was declared unfit to stand trial and was sent to Pretoria Central Prison, where he spent 28 years on death row. During the last five years of his life he was kept in a psychiatric ward for infirm men .

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011