Looking beyond murder

Visions of Reconciliation

As a mother I am very happy, but on the other side I am not happy. I feel the pain of Mrs. Biehl. I am not glad because of what my child has done," said Evelyn Manqina, the mother of Mongezi Manqina, after South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) granted her son amnesty on July 28. Manqina was one of the four young men who killed Amy Biehl, a 26-year-old Fulbright scholar, in the Cape Town township of Guguletu during the final days of apartheid.

Biehl's parents, Peter and Linda Biehl, who attended the hearing at which the four explained their actions, accepted the amnesty decision. They stated that Biehl's own "vision of forgiveness and reconciliation" has been honored. "It's not really a family issue we're dealing with here . . . this truth and reconciliation process is about a nation."

 

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