The Presidential Years

Priest and academic theologian. As moderator of the NGK (Nederlandse Gereformeerde Kerk, Dutch Reformed Church) Heyns sought to lead the church away from its segregated past. He was a Broederbond member, prominent in Afrikaner cultural groups and Dean of Pretoria University's theological faculty. Before the 1994 election he facilitated moves to bring the church and political parties to a consensus on moral and other issues. He was shot dead in his home, by unknown persons, in 1994.