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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 4 of Episode 82

35:49Most of you who have followed this programme since April 1996 will have seen the Truth Commissioner with the greying beard and the sympathetic face. Our Truth Commission profile today is of Dr Fazel Randera, Deputy Chairperson of the Truth Commission’s Human Rights Violations Committee.Full Transcript
36:04I was born in Potchefstroom. I can’t say the township, or the Indian township ... at that time it was just one area. And in a sense yes my early years takes place in that area because my grandfather, when he came from India, I imagine around 1920, 1921, many people actually then started moving out … little places. And there’s a place between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp called New Machavie, it really was just a station with a few houses and I would imagine when he went it was completely rural area and he started his little business there. And my grandmother had 11 children in all; they all grew up in that area. My father then started working close by and around the age of 10 or 11, we moved to Johannesburg. Our first little house, I remember, was on 26th street of Fitas, Vrededorp and there were four houses. On the other side there was a shop owned by a Chinese family and part of my recollection is a lot of people going to that shop, not buying anything and I kept wondering ...moreFull Transcript
37:50After his family moved to Johannesburg the young Fazel Randera took up his secondary education at Fordsburg Secondary School. It is here where he later decided the only route to success in his life was medicine and when he finished his matric he set off for England.Full Transcript
38:06I knew why I wanted to be a doctor. I think in later years when I thought about it and one clear reason that came through was that if I looked within the confines of my community and it was quite a narrow community at that stage, the people who seemed to make it were doctors. They were the ones who lived in fairly comfortable homes, they were the ones who could send their children off elsewhere to be educated. My firstborn, he reflects that sense of confidence, an attitude of wanting to always question a sense of self. My second son has, in terms of his strength is a strength in his own quietness and although he achieves, it’s in a different way. There’s a strength within him that says look well I’m going to go on and do what I want to do, whether it’s mountain climbing or cricket or getting distinctions in my class, but I don’t need to be noisy about it and I think that’s also a very big and important strength. My daughter gives to me a very strong sense of warmth and I ...moreFull Transcript
41:12He’s a nice guy and everybody likes him. He’s a very people’s person, but with us he expects a lot of us like he expects a lot of himself and sometimes it can become too much, but overall he’s a good dad, he does a lot with us.Full Transcript
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