Whites urged to seek forgiveness

2009-12-15 17:28

Cape Town - The Day of Reconciliation on Wednesday should be used to remember the many people who gave their lives for the freedom of the country, Independent Democrats (ID) leader Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday.

"We are a traumatised nation and we are still in need of a tangible and practical definition for reconciliation and exactly who must reconcile with whom," she said.

"Our current definition is extremely one-sided because there is a call on blacks to forgive whites for what happened in the past, but there is not a call on whites to reach out and seek forgiveness.

"We need strong leadership, where leaders in politics, the church, business and leaders of all other persuasions need to encourage this process on a daily basis - one day of the year is not enough because reconciliation is not an event, it is a process."

The end goal of this process was to achieve a united, peaceful nation and there would never be peace without justice.

"And justice means regaining our dignity and self-worth," De Lille said.