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Lauren Beukes

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Poisonous Tree

Ruckus on Twitter today over FW De Klerk’s interview on CNN ”in which he admitted that apartheid was “morally indefensible”, but appeared to defend the homeland system”.

I already said pretty much everything I have to say on this in a guest column I did for The Big Issue in 2011.

“…Because let’s not kid ourselves. Apartheid really was that bad. Torture and disappearances, letter bombs and necklacings and covert poisonings, secret police and assassination squads, insane censorship and insidiously everyday violence– and that’s just the icing on the cake. The actual cake was institutionalised racism, systematic oppression, human rights violations…

We may have cut down the poisonous tree, but the roots are deep and tangled and treacherous. The legacy is going to be tripping us up for decades to come.”

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Recent comments:

  • Lisa
    May 11th, 2012 @15:40 #

    A very interesting piece. Thanks for reposting.


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