South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

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


"Until we've got the economy right, we're not going to be able to say that we've got reconciliation." [2:15]

TRC Commissioner Mary Burton provides some perspective on views of whites and blacks about the success of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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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