South Africa Angst in Afrikanerdom

The descendants of the founders of South Africa's apartheid state debate their role in a black-ruled society

When Hendrik Verwoerd Jr. was a young man, his father served as South Africa's Prime Minister. During his years in office -- 1958 to 1966 -- Hendrik Sr. sought to implement "grand apartheid," a system intended to preserve a mighty white nation occupying 87% of the land, with blacks living in small "homelands" in the rest of the territory.

Today Hendrik Jr., 50, sits in a modest storefront in the dusty Transvaal farming village of Morgenzon, trying to persuade fellow whites, in essence, to cut their losses and establish their own small homeland. As a leader of an Afrikaner nationalist group...

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