Wednesday, September 2, 1998 at 09:11:26

As a born white South African, I submit that I did not take sufficient notice or care about the violation of Human Rights in our Country. I regret my failure in the past to do more than I did to prevent such violence and will work towards to prevention of human rights abuses in the future. To all my fellow South Africans who suffered so terribly - I am truely sorry.

Helena L. Glamville, South Africa


Monday, September 7, 1998 at 14:47:35

Having just read Antje Krog's book on the truth commission. I feel compelled to add my bit to the register. I went to Wits in the 80's and in  good liberal fashion I said the right things, boycotted classes and collected signatures on a Free Mandela petetion. However when push came to shove I failed. - One night in Hillbrow I saw a white man assualt a black man with a large and heavy chain, but did not have the courage to intervene. The images from that night will continue to surface in my mind for rest of my life. - Rather than join the ANC or become a consiencious objector I emmigrated to the USA.

Marc Zimmer, Groton CT06340, USA


Thursday, September 10, 1998 at 09:07:17

My cousin brother Matthew Marwale Mabelane died at the hands of the police at the John Voster Square Police Headquarters in February 1977. It was claimed that he jumped from the notorius tenth floor of the building and died instantly. Seeing that the stories of the tentth floor jumps were never and will not be true, we want tio know why the killers are not coming out and apologise for their deeds.

Such tricks by the perpetrators of those atrocities are really infuriating because these killers will only start talking about these things immediately they are exposed - otherwise they will keep quite. Do they really think that their victims will just forget about the hardships they cused them? Or do they think that the people are still afraid of them hence talking about their deeds would cause them some more troubles like in the past?

The family and relatives are very upset about the silence of the killers of Matthew. Time is running out now. Let them come out and tell the story. We also want to see them, how they look like, whether they are real human beings and have families, children, relatives and friends.

If they choose to remain silent, fine, the law will catch up with them soon and we will be furiously pressing charges against them withiout any mercy whatsoever.

Please we are asking that this matter be treated with the urgency it deserves. We will be waiting for your prompt response.

Thank you so much for the wonderful reconciliation work you have done. It is appreciated.

Mr K.C. Mabelane, Vanderbijlpark - South Africa (Gauteng Province)

Tuesday, September 29, 1998 at 21:08:09

I am a final year student of Peace and Conflict Studies here in Northern Ireland. Although I am not South African, I still feel ashamed at what fellow 'whites' have done to South Africa. I feel a deep remorse knowing that I too have shown a racist attitude from time to time. I want to say that I am truly sorry, and that it was done in ignorance. I also realise that there have been faults on both sides, and that 'blacks' too can be just as racist as 'whites'. Let's no longer think of each other in terms of 'colour' or 'race', but of fellow human beings who all can make a difference and contrbute something positive to South Africa, Northern Ireland and the rest of the world. God bless you South Africa! Your peace process has, is and will continue to bring hope to the people of Northern Ireland. They have seen that even the deepest rooted conflict came come to an end one day. It has not all been in vain. Thank you. 

Heather Eilish Porch, Derry, Northern Ireland