South Africans still damaged by apartheid trauma

Many South Africans are still living with the trauma they experienced during apartheid, without dealing with the psychological and emotional effects it had.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to Soweto Uprisings youth leader and now community leader, Seth Mazibuko, about his own experience and that of others affected by this past.

Psychiatrist, Professor Michael Simpson, who was involved in counselling victims during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, echoed Mazibuko's sentiments. He said that the hearings did not look at finding ways to address the long-term effects of trauma.

Listen to the conversation below:

There are many of our comrades and members who died in exile, but we're not hearing of them returning. It's hurting.

Seth Mazibuko, Soweto community leader

The point is there is a deep hurt that we are dealing with while we say that we are free.

Seth Mazibuko, Soweto community leader

This article first appeared on 702 : South Africans still damaged by apartheid trauma


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