Note from James Cranke

Hi Tim .
Thanks for the mail ; it is an interesting and courageous idea .
The T.R.C. Hearings were initially what got me thinking about my time in the S.A.D.F. , but at first my reaction to my own conscience was a self-imposed deniall . Excuses such as how young and naive I was , about whether I had a choice or not , the limit of my involvement , etc. all seemed fairly relevant at the time . Eventually ,
though , I had to admit to myself that I had been on the side of wrong ; I had played an active part in a terrible wrong-doing . By being in the army , I supported apartheid . This I regret , immensely .

James Cranke

Author: Tim Hewitt-Coleman

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  1. Thanks for sharing that James; now I wonder whether there isn´t a constructive way for us to resume where the TRC left off. My own experience of it was that it was more about dealing with the “extreme” victims while letting off the hook the “extreme” perpetrators (on both sides). The fact that the TRC website is a shambles says a lot.

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