Jolanda P

As Interviewed by Diego P., March 15, 2018

Jolanda P: In Her Own Words As interviewed by Diego Prozzi

My name is Diego and I am interviewing my mom, Jolanda. Growing up all my friends were white. I didn't know any kids that were not white. I would say 75 percent of the people I knew supported apartheid. It was a system based on lies and it needed to be changed. Black South Africans probably never felt safe because they could have been rated at any moment by the South African police. They were constantly watched if they had the papers to move around. They were restricted in their movements and where they could move. So no I don't know if black South Africans felt safe in the years of apartheid but what I do know is at the moment South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in a country that's not involved in the war.

There was a period of time when the government was changing when there was really a lot of violence on both sides the people who really supported apartheid like the staunch white South Africans they started planting bombs, exploding bombs, as a way to disrupt the transition and that was pretty scary. Your dad and I had an apartment in central Pretoria one night we were there in a bomb went off very close to it so those were scary scary experiences I think the most traumatic experience was my cousin's murder a year ago I think that was the most traumatic thing that has happened to my family.