Add names for reconciliation

I visited the Freedom Park on February 17. I enjoyed the experience immensely and found the project to be extremely sensitive, both in design and in its approach to South African history.

I visited the Freedom Park on February 17. I enjoyed the experience immensely and found the project to be extremely sensitive, both in design and in its approach to South African history.

As an Afrikaner I was sceptical of Freedom Park, following recent media reports. I was pleasantly surprised by the sensitivity of our tour guide to the Voortrekker Monument and Afrikaner symbolism in the park itself. The position and design honoured the park's urban surroundings.

Over and above the names of the Boer dead, several thousand names of English-speakers who died in the Anglo-Boer War were also included on the Wall of Remembrance.

The cenotaph at the Voortrekker Monument is inscribed with the words, Ons vir jou Suid-Afrika. This sentiment is a core-value of Afrikaners and I believe of all South Africans. It is by this sentiment that many South Africans from both sides have died.

It is based on this experience that I urge the Freedom Park Trust to include the names of SADF members who died in the border war on The Wall of Remembrance.

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Freedom Park Trust must facilitate nation building by including the names of the SADF soldiers on the Wall of Remembrance.

Raymund Konigk, Pretoria

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