from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Vorster, Balthazar Johannes 1915-1983. South African political leader who served as prime minister from 1966 to 1978.


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  • These were his words: "With the orchestrated chorus of a coterie of handpicked placemen, Vorster is today declaring the Transkei 'independent.'"

    'I Saw a Nightmare …' Doing Violence to Memory: The Soweto Uprising, June 16, 1976

  • You can't compare us with Vorster, that is grossly unjust. "

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • When I arrived in Vienna for the meetings with Vorster, I was met by our ambassador to South Africa, Bill Bowdler, a career diplomat.

    The Good Fight

  • I also knew that many Dutch Boers such as Vorster resented Britain and the West, a legacy of the Boer Wars, and I think he brought some of that suspicion to Vienna.

    The Good Fight

  • In May 1977 I flew to Vienna for three days of consultations with South African prime minister John Vorster.

    The Good Fight

  • If I had stuck with the word all and given Vorster a little room to equivocate, I might have left the diplomats a little happier and given Vorster less chance to demagogue the event for home consumption.

    The Good Fight

  • If Vorster and I had gone in agreeing that South Africa had to eliminate apartheid, I think we could have worked it out.

    The Good Fight

  • We wanted the Vorster government to end apartheid at home and exert its influence for progress in Rhodesia and Namibia as well.

    The Good Fight

  • The Vorster encounter was the first in a series of missions I carried out overseas for Carter.

    The Good Fight

  • I had read about Vorster and knew he was a hard-liner.

    The Good Fight


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