Wife of Beyers Naude dies

2011-12-31 10:22

Cape Town - Ilse Naude, the wife of Afikaner theologian and anti-apartheid activist Beyers Naude, has died after a heart attack, Die Burger newspaper reported on Saturday.

She was 98.

Johan Naude, the oldest son of the couple, said were it not for his mother's strength his father would never have achieved what he did in the fight against apartheid.

Mrs Naude underwent a hip operation two weeks ago. She had complained of fatigue ever since.

She died on Thursday.

"She slept a lot in the last while and she said she was very tired," her daughter Rita said.

The couple were married for 64 years when Naude died at the age of 89 in 2004.

On her 95th birthday Naude said she missed her husband and "wanted to go home" to join him.

The two met at the Stellenbosch University where he studied theology and mathematics.

At his 80th birthday party former president Nelson Mandela praised the couple.

"His strength is of body and spirit and is the sort of power and indomitable spirit that beat the evil of apartheid and made him a hero of our people," Mandela said.

"If someone asks me what a new South African should be, I will say 'Look at Beyers and his wife, Ilse'."

In his autobiography, "My Land of Hope", Naude credited his wife for planting the seed of non-racialism in him.

Ilse Naude grew up on the Moravian mission in Genadendal near Caledon.

She became used to living with coloured people who worked at the church at a time when South Africans of different races were kept separate.

In his autobiography Naude admits that for chauvinistic reasons he did not keep his wife informed about his growing estrangement from the apartheid regime.

The couple had two serious disagreements in their time together.

The first was when he said he wanted to leave the country and she said she would not follow him.

The second was when he left the Dutch Reformed Church and she remained a member.

Naude leaves four children, four grand children and three great grandchildren.

  • Larry - 2011-12-31 10:27

    RIP. Condolences to Family and Friends.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 11:20


  • John - 2011-12-31 10:32

    Bit of a wasted life looking at the current dispensation........

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 11:01


      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 11:19

      John,looks like you wasted your life

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 11:26

      John, you are suffering from a peforated skull syndrome. Brain matter is leaking.

      Jo - 2011-12-31 12:31

      He John your out of context, we know about the current situation. However the Naude couple are great people and so is Mandela. JO.

      Serame - 2011-12-31 12:33

      U clearly have no class..and moraly bankrupt

      John - 2011-12-31 12:41

      So all you lot of geniuses, excluding vegie as he is a lost case, really believe that the anti-apartheid movement succeeded in their quest? Where is the better life for all? Where is the inclusive land moving forward? Do you really think the Naude's were satisfied that their effort was worth it? Don't be eternally stupid like vegie here and come to the realization that this effort was wasted on all but a handful of thieves stealing the country to its knees. Moegoes!!

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-31 14:33

      How true. I bet Helen Suzman agreed.

      Braam - 2011-12-31 22:08

      Correct John, Pity that German and Coetsee is still around, You know the “Spy” that was responsible for the death of soldiers on the SAW border and that 2 gevreet Coetsee from Varkplaas …hulle dag sal nog kom OEPS HERE GOES A NEWS 24 DELETE AGAIN

  • Betweenuandme - 2011-12-31 10:37

    WIDOW of Beyers Naude dies ... c'mon News24

  • Ian - 2011-12-31 10:50


      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 11:21

      you wont understand.they were of a much higher intellect than you

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:33

      is that the best you can come up are just confirming me earlier post

  • The-Azanian - 2011-12-31 11:06

    98 is a lot of yrz. may ur soul rest in peace. wll rmmber u 4 ur hardwork.

  • Miriam - 2011-12-31 11:20

    condonlences to Family....

  • MikeFraser - 2011-12-31 11:25

    "If someone asks me what a new South African should be, I will say 'Look at Beyers and his wife, Ilse'." Nelson Mandela. Thanks for your sacrifice and selfless contribution Oom Bey and Tannie Ilse. Reunited.

      MikeFraser - 2011-12-31 12:49

      The life of these patriotic Afrikaner South Africans is a great example for all South Africans who love our country. Too many South Africans romanticise the reconciliatory efforts of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, but they won't make any personal sacrifice for transformation and reconciliation and nation building.

      thozi - 2011-12-31 15:02

      @MikeFraser There are a lot of South Africans who are still willing to work towards a South Africa as envisaged and espoused by great leaders such as the Naudes, Mandelas, etc. Unfortunately, their ideas have been suppressed by souls who never had freedom at heart but selfish and self-enriching motives. We dare not give up until every South African, irrespective of colour, religion or creed, can view South Africa proudly as 'own and genuine' home.

  • ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:46

    Rest in peace Mrs. Beyers. Thank you for everything you and your great husband did for us.

      thozi - 2011-12-31 13:21

      An honest and fitting tribute to two of the greatest heroes South Africa has ever produced. Rest in peace Me Ilse, you and your husband have earned our eternal respect and admiration. Condolence to the Beyers family.

  • pal.mabelane - 2011-12-31 11:51


  • Jodie - 2011-12-31 12:14

    R.I.P and thank you for being part of making South Africa a better place.

  • Serame - 2011-12-31 12:35

    @@@JOHN..U clearly have no class..and moraly bankrupt.She's done her bit in life and they'll both be remebered for their selflessness..May her rest in peace..AND as for u JOHN..get sum fertiliser in your garage and smoke it..

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:39

      no serame.fertilizer will make his brain thicker

      John - 2011-12-31 12:53

      You and your gatgabba jowza1 here are either fools living in denial or tenderpreneurs stealing our tax money. The point is that this fairyland utopia they envisaged, turned into the fertilizer you are so hung up on and the real reason for the co called "struggal" turned out to be a free for all thievery from the so called leaders. Wasted efforts from die hard liberals that had the wool pulled firmly over their eyes. Sad really!

      thozi - 2011-12-31 15:51

      @John True true John, but why blame the aftermath on the Naudes? We who are still here, should try and live by their teachings of love, respect and brotherhood for all mankind... yes yes I know; it's not always easy to embrace some people in purple suits, but...

      John - 2011-12-31 17:15

      thozi - December 31, 2011 at 15:51 Hi boet, not playing the blaming game at all. It just seems so sad that the good ideals they tried to stand for, was hijacked by the selfsame people they desperately wanted to help. This made their efforts and sacrifices just a wasted mess. About the purple suit people ...... I have done my fair share in trying but was shot three times for my effort. This somehow makes you retreat a bit and look at the scenario with different eyes......

  • modisagarekweernestm - 2011-12-31 13:12

    May her soul rest Rest In Peace, thanks for being part of change in this country, u will always be remembered. "Across the bridge there is no pain . . ."

  • Boeretroos - 2011-12-31 14:22

    Death is always the last enemy we have to face. Thereafter the Hereafter.

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-31 17:05

    RIP and thank you.

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-01 07:05

    Albeit this may be a mute point, it is ironic that the ANC was founded in 1912 in a Dutch Reformed Church be a Black Dutch Reformed Predekant. Interesting no?

  • thiesa - 2012-01-01 07:19

    I salute a great woman of God!

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