Narratives of Memory and Forgiveness Conference
Speaker: Dr Ollie Mahongo – Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Can they be asked to forget about their loved ones? Where are they buried?
Yvonne Wabagatore, a researcher from DEVELOPMENT WORKS, attended this Conference and shares below the key points of Dr Mahongo’s presentation.
For the affected families who have lost loved ones, those who never returned home during or after the apartheid era, issues surrounding healing, not having closure and not coming close to some form of reconciliation continue to haunt them in their daily lives.
Ollie painted the image in our minds of how hard it is for those who lost their loved ones to move on. One wants to seek the full truth of the fate of those un-countered for.
Records are not available or were destroyed by apartheid authorities or perpetrators of violence are unwilling to come forward. Some promises made from the TRC were not fulfilled or materialise are some of the issues that Dr Ollie Mahongo spoke about.
Relatives are subjected to ongoing or perpetual suffering…” If we could just have the bones of our loved one are sentiments expressed so often.
Healing and reconciliation is an ongoing process. Issues of disappearances must be made public and perpetrators bought to book.
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