Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Ex-ANC man to speak at Belfast seminar

The grandson of a former South African Prime Minister is taking part in a seminar on the future of Northern Ireland, which is taking place today at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

Dr Wilhelm Vorwoerd is a former member of the ANC and the grandson of Henrik Vorwoerd, who was Prime Minister from 1958 until his assassination in 1966.

He was widely regarded as the hardline architect of apartheid in South Africa.

Dr Vorwoerd is the co-ordinator of the Ex-Combatants Programme at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, near Dublin.

The theme of the seminar will be 'A New Dawn or a False Start' for Northern Ireland, and the other main speaker will be Dr Raman Kapur, director of the mental health charity Threshold.

He has a particular interest in applying pyschoanalysis to the reality of terrorism and trauma, and he is a joint author of the book 'The Troubled Mind of Northern Ireland'.

Dr Kapur will argue that more significant efforts have to be made to make reparation for past psychological, political and physical injures and he will urge those in leadership to follow the 'de Klerk' model in South Africa.

The seminar begins at 2pm.

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