Healing the heart of a nation
“Spine-chilling, sadistic and disturbing,” The apt words of Mondli Makhanya from the City Press used to describe the rape of the teenager at Jan Kempdorp School in the Northern Cape. Perpetrators of this heinous act were joined by onlookers who filmed and laughed during the teenager’s ordeal.
We need a national therapy session, where the country’s psyche will be fully diagnosed and treated.— Makhanya- City Press
Azania and Africa on 702/ Cape Talk’s Weekend Breakfast spoke about South Africa’s need for national healing.
It is important for us to admit as a nation how damaged we are.— Africa Melane - Weekend Breakast
A caller Nina said, “We live in a visualized culture that glorifies violence.” Azania posed the questions, “What should a national therapy programme look like and how do we heal the nation? She spoke about how Oprah focussed on workshops in schools that dealt with issues of ‘the other’...
In the dormitory at Jan Kempdorp, ‘the other’ was reportedly ‘race’. This is where a group of young boys regarded the brutalization, humiliation and degradation off a fellow student, a ‘friend’, ‘the other’ as fun and games.
This article first appeared on 702 : A Nation in Need of Healing