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.