Book extract: Why I forgave Prime Evil, my father’s killer


Book extract: Why I forgave Prime Evil, my father’s killer

‘Forgiveness Redefined’ tells how Candice Mama came to terms with her father’s murder and its aftermath

Candice Mama

Nine months after Candice Mama was born in Sophiatown in 1991, her father, Glenack Masilo Mama, was one of the Nelspruit Four who were shot and then burnt to death by assassin Eugene de Kock and his apartheid operatives.

In ‘Forgiveness Redefined’ (Tracey Macdonald Publishers, R280), Mama tells of growing up with her great-grandmother in a small, rural farming town. Later, she shares how she came to terms with her father’s death, and her struggles with anger, anxiety, sleepless nights and bouts of severe depression as a teenager.

In September 2014 the National Prosecuting Authority asked the Mama family whether they would meet Eugene de Kock. They agreed. Mama chose to forgive the notorious man responsible for her father’s brutal murder. She supported De Kock’s parole application in 2015. He was released in 2019...

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