Dare we Hope? Facing our Past to find a New Future | Current Affairs & Issues
'It is a gruesome tale - how we have moved so rapidly from the era of hope to the bleak landscape ushered in by Zuma's ascent to power …'
Yet Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, acclaimed author and international expert on reconciliation, wants to rekindle our hope.
As a clinical psychologist who has worked for the TRC, in Rwanda and with Holocaust survivors, she offers unique perspectives on healing the wounded South African nation. In this selection of her best local and international writing, she explores our unfinished business, Afrikaner rage, the politics of revenge, why apologies are not enough and how Zuma has corrupted the soul of South Africa.
Gobodo-Madikizela offers a lucid and compelling argument that it is only in facing up to our painful past that we can find hope - and a meaningful future.
'Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a South African psychologist of striking moral intelligence and clarity.'
- TIME MAGAZINE
'A Human Being Died that Night was Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's moral invitation into the inner life of a perpetrator. Suddenly, what seemed inhuman became recognisably human, and the shadow of the human that I thought I was emerged. If everyone was maimed by apartheid, then the central project of a free South Africa must be the recovery of humans. Her invitation still stands, as fresh as ever.'
- NJABULO NDEBELE