The Friday Stand-In 2016

Has South Africa healed from the agony of apartheid?

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at University of Stellenbosch.

She was the clinical psychologist on the Truth and Reconciliation mission in South Africa. She later documented observations from the Truth and Reconciliation process.

Fridays Stand In, Prof Mark Solms spoke to Gobodo-Madikizela about the mental state of the nation and how South Africa can find healing as a nation.

Gobodo-Madikizela says that reparation should start internally rather than having reparations in monetary terms.

This is because the brokenness and the destructiveness, whether you come from the side of victimhood or perpetratorhood, the destruction happens at a deeply internal level and that's the work that needs to happen.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist

Reparation means we transform a story that is hurtful... a broken story within and transform it into a story of healing

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist

The problem with these processes is that people find it difficult to face their past in whatever way they've had a role in it.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist

Listen to the full conversation below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Has South Africa healed from the agony of apartheid?


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