Maties apologise for 1939 racist attacks

2012-08-31 08:12
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Cape Town - Students at Dagbreek residence in Stellenbosch have apologised for past transgressions against black and coloured people in the surrounding community.

The unusual apology was prompted by information that students from the same residence back in 1939 had attacked black and coloured people in their homes and had afterwards refused to hand in weapons to authorities, reported the Mail&Guardian.

The students said they took responsibility for events of the past and the res’s involvement and wanted to apologise “for our disobedience and lovelessness that lead to our actions”.

“No healing and no restoration will happen if we don’t seek forgiveness and apologise for apartheid,” said current head student Pieter Nel, 22.

Former apartheid leaders Hendrik Verwoerd and John Vorster were both students living at Dagbreek.

Nel said he believed an apology had the power to affect a nation and “bring forth redemption and restoration in relationships between races”.

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