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Thiven Reddy

South African religious figure and antiapartheid activist, was born to Sarah and Willem Boesak in Kakamas, Northern Cape. When Boesak was young, his father, a teacher, passed away. His family moved to Somerset West, where, at age 14, Boesak became active in the Dutch Reformed Church. He studied at the Bellville Theological Seminary, graduating as a priest in 1967. He went on to obtain a doctorate in Holland at the Kampen Theological Institute and then returned to South Africa to assume an active role in the struggle against apartheid.

As leader of the Afrikaner-dominated Dutch Reformed Church (DRC), he was the major force in getting the World Alliance of Reformed Churches to declare apartheid a heresy in 1982 At the time that body had not questioned South Africa s membership or the supportive stand of the DRC and the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk NHK toward apartheid and the ruling ...


Born in Roodepoort-Maraisburg, near Johannesburg, Beyers Naude was the son of a Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) minister whose family moved to Graaff-Reinet in southwestern South Africa in 1921. Naude obtained a master’s degree in languages and a degree in theology from the University of Stellenbosch School of Theology in 1939. That same year he became an assistant minister at a DRC chapter in Wellington, Western Cape province. He married at this time and joined the Afrikaner Broederbond, a secret organization dedicated to the promotion of Afrikaner nationalism and white rule in South Africa. He remained an orthodox DRC minister and supporter of the National Party, which promoted apartheid, for many years.

In 1960 however the events of the Sharpeville Massacre caused Naude to rethink his views On March 21 of that year sixty nine blacks were killed by police during a demonstration against apartheid s Pass Laws ...