S. Africa

A quote by South African President, Mbeki, reguarding the conflict his nation dealt with when the violent apartheid era was finally abolished:

"Within the ANC, the cry was to 'catch the bastards and hang them'. But we realized that you could not simultaneously prepare for a peacful transition while saying we want to catch and hang people. So we paid a price for the peacful transition. If we had not taken this route, I don't know where the country would have been today. Had there been a threat of Nuremberg-style trials over members of the apartheid security establishment we would never have undergone the peaceful change." -Mbeki, T. 1998

A few days ago (beginning of October), 7,000 people marched along the streets of Cape Town, protesting the U.S. bombings of Afghanistan.


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