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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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Khulumani Youth Forum Theatre is invited to the SEX ACTUALLY Launch & Several Workshops

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In Memory of Robin Williams

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A prayer posted by Christine Sine which she wrote while thinking about the impact Robin Williams (the actor in Good Will Hunting and many other films) whose death has been devastating for many following his suicide this week. Robin Williams took his own life in a battle with major depression. In Khulumani, we too know the terrible impact of brokenness and pain.

God we know the wounds our world can inflict,
And have felt the heartache of its brokenness.
Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear,
That pain can give birth to laughter,
That humour often hides our fears.
Let us look at sorrow and anguish and not blink.
Accepting responsibility let us become pilgrims in the ruins,
Choosing to respond with love and compassion,
To all who are hurting and in pain.

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