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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela was born in Langa Township in Cape Town. As a clinical psychologist, she served with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission between 1996 and 1998.She is now a professor of psychology at the University of Cape Town and lectures internationally on issues of reconciliation and forgiveness.


A Human Being Died That Night

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

While working for South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed former police colonel Eugene De Cock, who commanded a unit believed to have killed a number of anti-apartheid activists. De Cock was charged with, among other crimes against humanity, six murders and sentenced to 212 years in prison. A Human Being Died That Night is about the complexities of post-apartheid South Africa and sees a white man exploring his psyche with a member of the race he tried to annihilate.