Not a single member of the judiciary had seen fit to put in an appearance at the TRC: “they have not yet changed a mindset that properly belongs to the old dispensation”.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (October 1997)
The Law is Brandishing Racist Batons
That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we black are wise.
Her bandage hides two festering sores
That once perhaps were eyes
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)
Here is a story, the fuller facts of which have, for the most part, been hidden from public knowledge. In our view, the story is of national interest for a great many reasons but most especially because Gold Reef City Casino told the Pretoria High Court that this structure of theirs was built as “a gift to the nation”. South Africans therefore have a right to the full facts of this “gift” acquired in their name. We share this story with you because it carries the tell-tale signs of our sordid and regretted past. This time it has been sanitized.
We have to be vigilant. As you read, you will come across AMS Concourt 12 – New Landscape New Images – a publication very widely distributed across the length and breadth of South Africa . While some of you may not have seen this publication – you may have picked up a newspaper, radio or television story on the aims and objectives of The Apartheid Museum. We remain firm on that vision. And even as those many agencies entrusted to preserve the integrity of our history, are found wanting in the face of wealth and power – we ordinary folk somehow always manage to ensure that the truth will out.
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“The Apartheid Museum shall pay special attention to the children of South Africa. It shall seek to develop a keen understanding of the history of the people of South Africa by nurturing a critical generation that will respond swiftly and decisively to crush the emergence of any kind of social evil.”
Mike Stainbank – Declaration of The Apartheid Museum – 1998″