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Hendrik Verwoerd's grandson welcomes plaque removal

Wilhelm Verwoerd says honouring his grandfather rubbed salt in the wounds of black South Africans.

The South African flag has replaced the Verwoed plaque. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former apartheid politician Hendrik Verwoed's grandson says he and other apartheid leaders should no longer be honoured in public spaces.

The plaque commemorating the apartheid leader was removed from Stellenbosch University's commerce building on Wednesday evening.

Some students called on the institution to remove it as part efforts to promote transformation.

Members of transformation group Open Stellenbosch sang and chanted as the Verwoerd plaque was removed.

The university's rector Wim de Villiers says the removal of the statue illustrates the institutions commitment to transformation.

Verwoerd's grandson Wilhelm Verwoerd says honouring his grandfather rubbed salt in the wounds of black South Africans.

He also endorsed the call to remove the plaque commemorating his grandfather.

The plaque will temporarily be stored in the university's archives.

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