The Mail & Guardian’s Thalia Randall interviewed Michael Laspley, about his memoir Redeeming the Past.
Laspley lost both hands and the sight in one eye during the struggle against apartheid when he was sent a letter bomb from the apartheid security forces. When asked about his thoughts on the Marikana shootings he describes South Africa as a “traumatised nation” saying that we need a national project for healing. Laspley also discusses what the process of writing Redeeming the Past was like and explains why he feels his role is now to be a “healer”:
As an author and Anglican priest, Michael Lapsley knows the true meaning of sacrifice and perserverance.
Having survived a letter bombing on April 28 1990, Lapsley has focused his gaze on opposing repression and championing equality and change.
He says the Marikana shooting is a symptom that shows South Africa remains a traumatised nation.
In the crisis of faith and self that followed the bombing that shattered both his ear drums, destroyed one eye and blew off both hands, Lapsley discovered a new calling: “to become a healer” of the South African nation during and after apartheid.
- Redeeming the Past by Michael Laspley, Stephen Karakashian
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