A REQUEST has been made to declare the graves of Hendrik Verwoerd and his assassin Dimitri Tsafendas national heritage sites.
The request came from ANC Eastern Cape MPL Christian Martin in a letter to the National Heritage Council of South Africa.
Martin argues that South Africa's history would be incomplete without Verwoerd, referred to as the "architect of apartheid".
Verwoerd served as South Africa's prime minister from 1958 to 1966 when he was stabbed by Tsafendas in the then House of Assembly in parliament.
"Dimitri Tsafendas and Hendrik Verwoerd arguably changed the course of post-war South African history more than any other," Martin said.
Rather than forgetting these important role-players in the country's history, homage should be bestowed upon Tsafendas. He was a hero and martyr for the cause of the South African people, Martin said. – Sapa