South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

Maria MacDiarmid (Mary) Burton interviewed by Ruendree Govinder
May 25, 2005 Cape Town, South Africa.


"For many of them, it was the first time they had told the story at all ..., even to family ..." [2:08]

Mary Burton, a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, describes the purpose of its Human Rights Committee, on which she served.

Mary Burton, born in Argentina, moved to South Africa in 1961 when she married a South African. She became active in the Black Sash in 1965 and served as its national president from 1985 to 1990. Burton became a South African citizen in 1994 and, in 1995, was appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and served on its Human Rights Violations Committee.

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