208pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Cape Town, 2018
A memoir by Afrikaner theologian, minister and anti-apartheid activist Nico Smith about his years leading a congregation in Mamelodi. First published in 2010 as "Die Dood van die God van my Vaders".
Includes a new epilogue by Maretha Laubscher, Nico and Ellen Smith's oldest daughter, who worked on this revised and expanded edition.
Nicolaas Johannes Smith (1929-2010) was Professor of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, a member of the Afrikaner Broederbond and a minister in Dutch Reformed Church. However, he began questioning his beliefs, challenged apartheid in his classes, joined protests against forced removals, and eventually resigned his professorship, left the Dutch Reformed Church, which refused to condemn apartheid, and joined the anti-apartheid Dutch Reformed Church in Africa. He also left the Broederbond and in 1982 accepted a summons to minister to a Dutch Reformed Church in Africa congregation in Mamelodi, a township in the east of Pretoria designated for people classified Black under the Group Areas Act..