Albert Hertzog

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Albert Hertzog
Minister of Health
In office
24 August 1954 – 24 August 1958
Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd
B.J. Vorster
Preceded by Michiel Daniel Christiaan de Wet Nel
Succeeded by Carel de Wet
Minister of Post and Telecommunications
In office
24 August 1958 – 7 February 1968
Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd
B.J. Vorster
Preceded by Jan Serfontein
Succeeded by Matthys van Rensburg
Personal details
Born 4 July 1899
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died 5 November 1982(1982-11-05) (aged 83)
Occupation politician

Albert Hertzog (4 July 1899 in Bloemfontein - 5 November 1982 in Pretoria) was a South African politician and founder of the Herstigte Nasionale Party. He also served as the South African Minister of Health from 24 August 1954 to 24 August 1958 and as the Minister of Post and Telecommunications from 24 August 1958 to 7 February 1968.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of general J. B. M. Hertzog, a founder of the National Party and prime minister of the Union of South Africa. He was educated at Grey College, in Bloemfontein, his town of birth, and studied at the University of Stellenbosch, Oxford University, the University of Leiden and the University of Amsterdam.

Member of Parliament[edit]

The Sentech Tower, originally named after Albert Hertzog

Hertzog was elected to parliament in the election of 1948, when the National Party defeated the United Party, and in 1958 was appointed as the Minister of Post of Telecommunications, and later Minister of Health. As Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Hertzog was responsible for the delayed introduction of television to South Africa, dismissing it as a "miniature bioscope over which parents would have no control".[1] He also argued that South Africa would have to import films from abroad that portrayed miscegenation and which would cause non-whites to become "dissatisfied with their lot".[2]

The radio tower in the Johannesburg suburb of Brixton was constructed in 1962 and named after Hertzog. The tower was renamed the Brixton Tower after his resignation from the National Party, and was later again renamed the Sentech Tower.

Split from the National Party[edit]

During the mandate debut of prime minister of John Vorster, the party was torn between the verkramptes, wanting to enforce strict segregation in all areas, and the verligtes who favoured minor reforms, in particular permitting Maori players and spectators in the 1970 All Black rugby tour of the South Africa, and the admission of a black diplomat from Malawi.

Four verkrampte members of parliament split from National Party and formed the Herstigte Nasionale Party in on 24 and 25 October 1969, with Hertzog elected as the first leader.

The party won 3.6% of the vote in the 1970 general election, but no seats, while the splitting of the vote allowed the United Party to increase its share of the vote for the first time since 1948, increasing from 39 to 47 seats, with the National Party dropping from 126 to 117 seats. The party never won a seat under Hertzog's leadership.


  1. ^ The White Tribes Revisited [1]. Private Eye Productions in associated with Deutsch, 1978
  2. ^ Cape Times, 4 May 1967; Contact, Vol 10 no. 1 p. 4
  • Rosenthal, Eric. 1978. Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. Cape Town, Wetton, Johannesburg: Juta and Company Limited.