OBITUARY | Professor Jaap Durand: 'The Desmond Tutu of the Dutch Reformed Church'

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Professor Jaap Durand (supplied)
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Anti-apartheid theologian Professor Jaap Durand dared to not only question the Dutch Reformed Church's then defence of apartheid, but he openly helped pave the way for a post-apartheid South Africa, writes James de Villiers

In the 1960s, while the Dutch Reformed Church used religion to justify apartheid legislation in South Africa, one of its ministers, Professor Johannes Jacobus Fourie 'Jaap' Durand, became a lone voice in speaking out against the church's teaching. 

In a career spanning close to 50 years, Durand would be rejected by the Dutch Reformed Church, march with University of the Western Cape (UWC) students against apartheid legislation, and authored more than 10 books that predominantly critiqued pro-apartheid theology. 

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