Antiapartheid activist Naudé dies at 89

"We mourn the loss of a great African"
Afrikaner cleric C. F. Beyers Naudé, who died September 7, could have led South Africa’s Dutch Reformed Church as well as the Broederbond, the once-powerful Afrikaner secret organization, but he turned his back on them and chose instead a lonely path of opposition to apartheid.

The onetime activist, 89, who died at a retirement home in Johannesburg, was described by former president Nelson Mandela as “a true son of Africa.” Mandela said Naudé was “a brave man” who had stood up to apartheid when it was “an unpopular thing for white people to do.”

Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naudé was driven out of his church in 1963 and was forced to resign as Southern Transvaal Regional Synod moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church because of his strong stance against apartheid.

 

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