At his first public appearance since being shot in the attempt on his life 7 weeks ago, Premier Dr.
At his first public appearance since being shot in the attempt on his life 7 weeks ago, Premier Dr. Verwoerd said he was convinced South Africa would become a republic and though the White man would remain ruler over "White South Africa", as the "guardian of the Black man". He was addressing an estimated 30,000 people at Bloemfontein's Festival Stadium at a meeting May 31 which climaxed celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the union of South Africa's four provinces.
Forming a republic which was friendly to Britain - he said - would help the country's economic progress and would get rid of "the divisions of the past". It could be formed either the easy way, with the English-speaking population co-operating with the Africans-speaking, or the difficult way, by "a majority of the people". if the republic were not founded economic progress might be hindered.
He saw no hope for the Black masses if multiracial government succeeded in South Africa, nor for Whites, Coloureds or Indians. It would inevitably lead to rule by a Bantu autocracy, not by the Bantu masses. With the White man as ruler, economic prosperity would not be stolen from the Black masses.