'I did not justify anything Kruger did' - Max du Preez

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Max du Preez

“We South Africans have hugely underestimated the real impact and legacy of colonialism and apartheid. …Think of the enormous dispossession of land and its ramifications, culminating in the 1913 Natives Land Act. Think of the devastating consequences to families and communities of the migrant labour system. Think of the trauma of forced removals; the humiliation of pass laws; the psychological damage inflicted by treating generations of black South Africans as humans of lesser worth and capability; Bantu education; the ‘Whites Only’ signs in public amenities; police brutality; the torture and killing of anti-apartheid activists; and the ceiling put on black development by job reservation.”

Are these the words of an “apologist of colonialism and apartheid”, of someone who “shamelessly justify and defend monstrous colonial and apartheid rulers”?

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