Choosing a New Path

As a white South African, Wilhelm Verwoerd has wrestled with the legacy of his upbringing. His grandfather was the assassinated prime minister in the 1960s who became known as the architect of Apartheid. After studying overseas, Wilhelm returned to teach as professor of Ethics and Philosophy in a South African university and later he worked as a researcher for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Wilhelm’s conscience led him to go against his family and join the ANC. Here he talks about that decision and his own process of coming to terms with his country’s Apartheid past. A journey that led him eventually to Ireland to co-ordinate the ex-combatants programme at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Length 23 mins.