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  • Written by  Michelle Jones, Cape Times, www.iol.co.za
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Tutu thanks victim for forgiving bombers

Speaking at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation award ceremony in Cape Town yesterday, Tutu, who is patron of the institute, thanked the recipient of the Reconciliation Award, Olga Macingwane, for what she had done.

SOUTH Africa should be doing far more for justice and reconciliation for all of its people, said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Speaking at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation award ceremony in Cape Town yesterday, Tutu, who is patron of the institute, thanked the recipient of the Reconciliation Award, Olga Macingwane, for what she had done.

Macingwane, one of the victims of the 1996 bomb blast in Worcester, was recognised for her continued commitment to community reconciliation.

On Christmas Eve in 1996, two bombs exploded in Worcester killing four people, two of them nine-year-old children, and injuring 67 others. One bomb went off outside a supermarket and another at a nearby pharmacy.

Macingwane, 53, suffered injuries from which she still limps today. But she has forgiven the bombers, including Daniel Stephanus “Stefaans” Coetzee, who she has visited at a Pretoria prison.

“You know South Africa really is a fantastic country. When you think of Mrs Macingwane, she ought to be angry,” said Tutu.

The Reconciliation Award has previously been presented to Judge Albie Sachs, Brigalia Bam, Tim Modise and the community of Masiphumelele.

Three young people, Andisiwe Tsobo, Bertus van Schoor and Linda Velapi won awards in the IJR Youth Reconciliation Arts Competition.

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