Time to forgive Eugene de Kock
IT IS hoped that the reconciliatory spirit of President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the opening of the gallows memorial will be noted by those who will address the applications regarding parole for Eugene de Kock, Ferdi Barnard and others.
President Zuma reminded the relatives of those who died at the gallows that we were all victims of apartheid in one way or another. People like De Kock and Barnard were also victims. They were just soldiers who had become desensitised to what they were doing and why. They were no different from today’s suicide bombers who are brainwashed into believing that paradise awaits them. It’s all part of the same sickness. In war time you don’t see people as human beings, but as the enemy.
Nothing can change the past, but we can change the future by extending the hand of reconciliation to those who lost their way during those troubled years. Releasing De Kock and Barnard would be a small step.