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Special Report Transcript Episode 82, Section 4, Time 38:06

I 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 don’t want this to be a gender thing, I don’t want it to be understood as a gender issue. But there’s a sensitivity about her, you know that I don’t see in the other two. And she is the sort of person who will come to me at the end of the day and say why are you sad or why are you frowning so much? And will just spontaneously come and sit on my lap and say I love you. My wife, despite the enormous work that’s been put on us through this Commission, and she has her own job to get on with, has always been there to support, to listen, to criticize if necessary, to bring one back to earth.

Notes: Fazel Randera; Photos: Randera’s children

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