Dr Beyers Naudé’s ministry to the victims of apartheid between 1960–1994 was of missionary
significance. His mission challenged the conservative or stereotype mission approaches of the
church which were in line with the thinking of Edinburgh 1910. Dr Beyers Naudé in contrast,
applied the spirit of Tambaram 1938 supporting what Saayman termed a ‘comprehensive
ministry’. His ministry challenged the mission of the church in post-apartheid South Africa
during which the prophetic voice of the church has diminished and Ministers of Religion who
were vocal against government injustices during Beyers Naudé’s ministry are supporting the
current post-apartheid South African government.