Andries Treurnicht, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Andries Treurnicht

South African politician

Date of Birth: 19-Feb-1921

Place of Birth: Piketberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Date of Death: 22-Apr-1993

Profession: politician, minister

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Andries Treurnicht

  • Andries Petrus Treurnicht (19 February 1921 – 22 April 1993) was a South African politician, Minister of Education during the Soweto Riots and for a short time leader of the National Party in Transvaal.
  • In 1982 he founded and led the Conservative Party of South Africa whose successes among the white electorate made him Leader of the Opposition in 1987, a position he retained until his death. He was born in Piketberg (Cape Province) and began his working life as a journalist, being editor of Die Kerkbode and Hoofstad.
  • He was a keen sportsman, excelling on the rugby field, playing provincial rugby against the All Blacks in 1949.
  • After obtaining his MA in Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, he completed a Doctorate in Political Philosophy at the University of Cape Town.
  • He subsequently entered the Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk), serving various congregations as minister for 14 years.
  • He was elected Deputy Chairman of the Cape Synod and later of the General Synod.
  • He married Engela Dreyer on 18 January 1949.

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