: Gobodo-Madikizela (P.)

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175 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014


A selection of clinical psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's local and international writing on issues such as Afrikaner rage, the politics of revenge, the erosion of morality in government, why apologies aren't enough, the power and language of forgiveness, affirmative action, black male chauvinists, and abuse of power through silencing dialogue.

"Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a South African psychologist of striking moral intelligence and clarity." Time magazine

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State. She served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an experience which led her to write the book A Human Being Died That Night, about her interactions with Eugene de Kock. The book won the Alan Paton Literary Award. She works for various organisations within South Africa and internationally to facilitate processes of forgiveness, overcoming collective trauma, and reconciliation.