Grade 12 History – talk by Mrs Ginn Fourie

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The grade 12 history students were privileged to have Mrs Ginn Fourie come to speak to them about the effect an act of politically motivated violence had on her life; linking with the grade 12 theme of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mrs Fourie’s daughter, Lyndi, was killed along with three others in the Heidelberg Tavern Attack on 30 December 1993. The story that Mrs Fourie shared with the matrics was so much more than a tale of a mother who had lost her only daughter to yet another violent stand against the Apartheid regime; it was a story of forgiveness and conciliation.

As difficult as it is for students to grasp the full meaning of the grief and anger a parent would experience if their child were murdered; it is possible for us to understand and deem justifiable a parent’s need for action to be taken against the perpetrators. This is why it was so astounding to hear Mrs Fourie talk about how she met the man who had ordered the attack and was, ultimately, responsible for her daughter’s death; and forgave him.

History learners like to discuss issues; and true to that, the rest of the time spent with Mrs Fourie was spent with all of us sitting in a circle talking and listening, grappling with the enormously sensitive and highly controversial concepts that her story had prompted. The opinions on the matter varied and the intensity with which girls were able to express their opinions showed an overwhelming sensitivity to the value of human life.

The hour and a half spent with Mrs Fourie was an invaluable experience that will go a long way to help the matric history girls grapple with the issues of morality and justice that invariably accompany the study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We thank Mrs Fourie for sharing her story of hope and healing with us.

“Forgiveness is a process which involves a principled decision to give up one’s justifiable right to revenge. A justifiable right, for to accept violation is a devaluation of the self. “

— Ginn Fourie

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