Victim's daughter forgives De Kock

2012-02-13 10:04

Johannesburg - The daughter of one of the people apartheid police hit squad leader Eugene de Kock killed in Swaziland said she forgave him, according to a report on Monday.

Marcia Khoza, whose mother Portia Shabangu died in an ambush in Mbabane in 1989, spent more than an hour with De Kock at Pretoria Central Prison on Sunday, The Star newspaper reported.

"I thought I would cry, but strangely enough had the courage to continue to listen to him," Khoza told the newspaper.

"I was not jolted because I had long forgiven him and have since learnt that resentment and bitterness will blur my vision on life."

De Kock had explained to Khoza that her mother and two others from the Free State - Thabo Louis Mohale and Derek Mashobane - were "sold out" by the ANC and handed to him and his Vlakplaas operatives "on a platter", according to the report.

He told her that her mother was a heroine because she refused to work for the apartheid government.

"Frankly it felt like I had finally found the missing puzzle in the jigsaw of my life," Khoza told the newspaper.

  • Matt - 2012-02-13 10:12

    Sense prevails!

      Napolita - 2012-02-13 10:19


  • Bonjo - 2012-02-13 10:18

    And by forgiving him you have also freed yourself of the mental prison that is bitterness. Well done sisi.

      procold2 - 2012-02-13 10:41

      this is what sa needs to move forward

      Jou - 2012-02-13 12:11

      A positive move by a mature human with a huge heart.

  • Keelvol - 2012-02-13 10:34

    Noteworthy - SOLD OUT BY HER OWN PEOPLE.

      Silver - 2012-02-13 11:10

      You should go read up on what the ANC did to "their own people" in the training camps.

      Keelvol - 2012-02-13 12:29

      Dont worry Piet - i know. Im just reminding the people on here who has selective memory issues. ;-)

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-13 10:41

    Forgive a brutal killer?

      gerry.pelser - 2012-02-13 10:50

      Yes, Cosmos. Forgiveness is a very powerful and valuable tool - its the only way we as people can move forward. However, I'll grant that its a difficult thing to do, but forgiveness comes easier when you realise forgivness does not mean freedom from responsibility. You can forgive someone and still hold them accountable for their actions. It simply means you do not resent someone, and that is the essence. Resetnment is like taking poison hoping someone else will die - its not worth living your life like that. Forgiveness makes life a hell of a lot easier for everyone.

  • Phumi - 2012-02-13 10:48

    We wonder how much money she was paid to tell this lie! No amount of forgiving that is going to allow us to free the 'Prime Evil'! Even when he's dead we will still keep him and Darby Lewis under correctional supervision!

      Silver - 2012-02-13 11:08

      To bad the other terrorists that killed civilians got high ranking political jobs hey.

      Jou - 2012-02-13 12:15

      McBride has proved to us why a common killer should never be freed. He has proved it by his actions after the fact. Not once has he ever shown himself to be a decent person even though he was given the clearly unfair advantage of being freed. Rubbish will always be rubbish no matter what uniform you put on it.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-13 11:15

    Pity McBride and his bloody handed associates weren't left in prison to rot as well, but I suppose if I have learnt anything over the last 18 years its that double standards rule, take the ANC for example!

  • Andre - 2012-02-13 11:30

    Marcia, this action makes you a human being in the true sense. Well done! You will get your just reward.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-13 11:37

    I wonder if these people are just too forgiving, so she want to be a friend with her mother's killer now?

  • Kgalalelo Landane - 2012-02-13 12:06

    @silver i am 19 yrs old and i can tell that you're racist,it doesn't take an old wiseman to see that. South Africa doesnt need people like you who lie to their children..this shows what kinda parent you're shame on you

      Silver - 2012-02-13 12:25

      Firstly: Do you know me... pfff what do you know? Secondly: Please show me where I was "racist. Just because in your feeble mind you think me so does not make me one. Thirdly: Not once did I lie. So I'm not politically correct. Bite me!

      Juann Strauss - 2012-02-13 12:29

      It's what happens when schools put more weight on building self-esteem than actual learning.

      Louise Higham - 2012-02-13 12:41

      Grow up, why is everything about racism, get over it.

  • Louise Higham - 2012-02-13 12:36

    Can't the people who critise u, see u are a better person than them. Bless u. There can be no hatred in your heart now. One can forgive but not forget. May your future be a happy long one.

  • Whitty - 2012-02-13 13:07

    I think terrebleblanche's family and the boeremaag should forgive the two innocent accused.

      Keelvol - 2012-02-13 14:13

      yes whitty, and you should really try harder at trolling because you suck.

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