n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Lojale verset : Piet Cillié en die oop gesprek

Volume 44, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


As editor for 23 years of the National Party's Cape mouthpiece, (1954-1977), Piet Cillié was a pillar of the Afrikaner Establishment and an enormously influential, if cynical, supporter of apartheid. Cillié coined the phrase "petty apartheid" and he spoke out against some examples of petty apartheid at work. During his editorship, established its position as a forum for free debate. The paper believes in an open debate among Afrikaners. Cillié put strong emphasis on the idea of thinking ahead. In that sense became an opinion-forming paper. Cillié also enjoyed intellectual sparring with foreigners about South Africa's racial policies, believing strongly that Nationalist ideas can be put across to the outside world. In this context he exchanged frank views with the Dutch paper and also acted as a witness for South Africa at the International Court of Justice.

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