Soft Vengeance: The story of Albie Sachs
"I wanted to come back to a free South Africa. Its not free yet. But we are freeing ourselves ... when I was lying in my hospital bed after the bomb, I just had this feeling that they couldn't destroy me, they couldn't destroy us ... they couldn't destroy the South African people. We had to win". Anti-apartheid activist Albie Sachs arriving in South Africa in 1990 after living 24 years in exile
For many South Africans, the rapid unraveling of the racist apartheid system was unbelievable to watch... and it is remarkable that Albie Sachs was alive to witness it at all.
In 1988 he was nearly killed by a car bomb planted by South African security forces. The blast cost him his right arm and sight in one eye.
But rather than exact revenge, the attack hardened his resolve to bring democracy and rule of law to his home country.
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and The New South Africa is a new documentary film about Albie Sach's life.
The film has its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver South African Film Festival on Saturday, with Albie Sachs in attendance.
Mr. Albie Sachs joined us from Chicago.
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This segment was produced by The Current Josh Bloch.
Advice to activists and a message of hope from Albie Sachs