As well as admitting their crimes to themselves and to others, the perpetrators must appreciate the effects of their actions on their victims. They must be prosecuted, and publicly atone for their crimes in the same way as any other criminal.
The victims have a right to justice. It is up to them whether or not they can forgive the perpetrators. Forgiveness is the most noble of human feelings; but to force it from someone who has been so grievously wronged is one of the cruellest things that one person can do to another. As Cyril Morolo said: "You cannot legislate forgiveness."
Lasting peace will only come about when South African politicians have the courage to be just as well as merciful.
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