South Africans must make distinctions between SADF and apartheid police - SACC

2016-06-11 22:15
SACC media briefing after ANC meeting. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

SACC media briefing after ANC meeting. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg – South Africans must make a distinction between the Apartheid army and its police, South African Council of Churches president Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said during its June 16 Commemoration at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

“Most people at the township do not make a distinction between the apartheid police and the apartheid army. They are generally considered to be the bad fellows in the repressive security establishment. That further fuels the misinterpretation associated with an exercise such as today,” he said.

Mpumlwane said many Soweto residents were aggrieved by the SACC’s decision to include SADF conscripts in its June 16 programme.  He said many Soweto residents viewed the SACC’s timing as undermining.

“There are many who have been aggrieved by the idea of today’s event. Bringing many former soldiers of the past SADF to Soweto in such a way that because of its timing seems to undermine or even desecrate the memory of their fallen loved whose untimely demise was directly associated with the action of the South African police on June 16 (1976),” he said. 

Mpumlwane said they are many who argue that former apartheid soldiers do not have anything to answer for.

“There are many people who consider the coming of white South Africans to this event as unacceptable. There are many argue that they did not specifically do anything wrong and there is no need to make any amends but to live and mind their own business,” he said.

Mpumlwane added that both these positions have a place in the lives of many. “In time we trust and hope in the name of Christ that seeds of the future will give new shoots that help the painful memory to recede,” he said.  

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