'They asked our forgiveness. Ntobeko told us that when we forgave him, he didn't care if he got amnesty because he had just been freed.'
-- Californian Linda Biehl, recalling her 1st conversation, just outside the hearing room of the South African Truth and Reconcilitation Commission, with Ntobeko Peni, a member of the mob who killed her 26-year-old daughter Amy Biehl (left), a Fulbright scholar and anti-apartheid activist caught up in racial violence in 1993, the year before the country's 1st multiracial elections. The quote appears in a Los Angeles Times article on the twists of fate by which Peni and another man who served time for the killing now work for the charitable Foundation established in Amy's memory. (photo credit)
A story worth contemplating as we mull yesterday's excellent post by IntLawGrrl Jaya Ramji-Nogales, respecting the proliferation of truth commissions on the African continent.