Parliamentary Messenger who assassinated South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd.
Tsafendas was the parliamentary messenger who assassinated Prime Minister HF Verwoed, by stabbing him four times with a dagger, during a parliamentary session in 1966. Born in Lorenco Marques (present day Maputo), Tsafendas was the illegitimate son of a Greek father and a Mozambican mother. As a young boy he was shunned by the White community and was nicknamed “blackie”, due to his wavy hair and dark skin.
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