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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Afrikaans Preacher Slain

PRETORIA () -- South African liberal theologian Johan Heyns, who championed the anti-apartheid movement while leading the country's main Afrikaans church, has been shot dead at his home in a possible assassination by white rightists, according to police.

A police spokesman said Heyns died instantly when he was hit in the head with a single high-caliber rifle bullet fired through the window of his suburban house near Pretoria as he played cards with relatives late Saturday night.

Heyns, 66, leader of the Dutch Reformed Church, aroused the hatred of rightist extremists by calling for racial reconciliation in the final years of white minority rule.