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was a massive experiment in social engineering which embraced every aspect
of life from birth to death. It was a system of white minority
domination over the black majority and other non-white minorities.
It institutionalized racism on a territorial, residential, political,
social and economic basis.
“A world made up of teargas, bullets, whippings, detention and death on
the streets. It is an experience of military operations and night raids,
or roadblocks and body searches. It is a world where parents and
friends get carried away in the night to be interrogated; where people
disappear, where parents are assassinated and homes are petrol bombed.”
Testimony by Frank Chikane to TRC, Final Report.
families of those whose fundamental human rights were invaded by torture
and abuse are not the only victims who have endured untold suffering and
injustice in consequence of the crass inhumanity of apartheid which so
many have had to endure for so long. Generations of children born and yet
to be born will suffer the consequences of
provery, of malnutrition, of homelessness, of illiteracy and
disempowerment generated and sustained by the institutions of
apartheid.... The country has neither the resources nor the
skills to reverse fully these massive wrongs. It will take many
years of strong, commitment, sensitivity and labor to ‘reconstruct our
society’ so as to fulfill the legitimate dreams of new generations....
The resources of the state have to be deployed imaginatively, wisely,
efficiently and equitably, ... developing for the benefit of the entire
nation the latent, human potential and resources of every person who has
directly or indirectly been burdened with the heritage of shame and the
pain of our racist past.”
Judge Ismail Mahomed, 1996.
“Perhaps the greatest of the many crimes of apartheid has been the way
it has forced the finest people of our generation, the most courageous
and selfless, the most idealistic and romantic, the most intelligent and
capable to devote their energies and skills to the art of war.”
“The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter”Albie Sachs, 2000
(Mr. Sachs is a judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court)