After four years they returned to South Africa and settled in Brandfort, in the Orange Free State.
Young Hendrik proved himself to be an able student at the Lutheran School in Wynberg and the Wynberg High School for Boys.
Later that year, he continued his studies in the United Kingdom and then in the United States.
Following the war his republican sentiments again manifested themselves in 1947 when he issued instructions to his newspaper staff that they were to ignore the British royal family’s visit to South Africa that year.
In Rhodesia Verwoerd attended Milton High School where he did so well that he was awarded the Beit Scholarship.
After refusing this because of his family’s move back to South Africa, he took the matric exam and came first in the Free State and fifth in South Africa.
His efforts in the field of national welfare drew him into politics and in 1936 he was offered the first editorship of, a position which he took up in 1937, with the added responsibility of helping to rebuild the National Party (NP) in the Transvaal. He also declared himself strongly in favour of racial segregation by attacking the United Party’s policy of ‘pampering, levelling and living together’.
Verwoerd was a staunch republican and befriended Nationalist leader J. In 1938 he published a poster condemning mixed marriages depicting a Black man and White woman living in poverty.
Verwoerd left for Germany in 1925, and stayed there during 1926, studying at the Universities of Hamburg, Berlin and Leipzig.