By Aquino De Braganca, Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein

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I do not understand why they did not attend the hearings. It seems that we were not prepared to make an effort to attend. We wanted to watch from the outside. I think that for the Afrikaans people, they are just so busy keeping themselves going. People are turning into themselves, and their concern is about their work and their families. And they are afraid of affirmative action. They were dead against it when it was first introduced, but many are accepting it now. But the response is to look at themselves and their own needs.

People are still racially divided and churches remain racially divided, so that whatever has been said about the church’s contribution to the reconciliation of society remains subject to the ability of the religious community itself to deal with the kind of racial divisions that still exist among them. W HEN WE COME TO OUR OWN particular denomination, it was precisely our acknowledgments of the impact of apartheid, not merely as an ideology but how it was supported religiously, that made us feel we had no choice but to actively work toward church union—bringing together especially, in our instance, the black African and so-called coloured African together into the uniting reformed church.

We do not easily confess in front of other people, despite James saying that we should confess to one another. It did us Afrikaners good to see some of our leaders confess—such as Minister Vlok, for instance—and that was good. At the beginning there were problems, but he eventually needed to come out with what was in his heart. I wish everybody did that. Then there were the examples of those people who accepted the confessions and when people embraced each other. They too moved it seems and went from saying we will never forgive to eventually embracing the other.

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