Lillian Dube opened up about apartheid recently, saying she has been on both sides of midnight. The veteran actress said she knows what it feels like to be treated like less of a human.
Lillian, who started her acting career during the apartheid era, said there aren't enough people talking about the terrible things they experienced during apartheid.
According to TshisaLIVE, the actress said while she doesn't get involved in politics, people just don't understand where others come from.
The actress said apart from corruption, the struggle to be equal still weighs heavily on SA.
"Take public hospitals, they were beautiful for whites. Go into trains, white people were allowed to read newspapers while on the train, while we were together like sardines so that we could not even sit down. You had people grinding on you because you were so close. People don't talk. We had a terrible life."
Briefly.co.za learned that Lillian saw people dying for asking for something as menial as a juice.
Lillian said when you wanted to by a cold drink in apartheid, you would have to go to a small window. Furthermore, if you wanted a Coke, you were given a Pepsi.
She recalled how a friend's father was murdered, because he just asked for a Coke: "And it was no crime."
At the time, Lillian worked as nurse aid. The actress said she looked after white people, while her own child had no one to look after her.
"My mother told me that no matter what I do, I must do it well. I loved those white people. We laughed and they were always there to support me."
But, Lillian said she was not bitter. She said there were good and bad white people, 'like there are good and bad blacks.'
Lillian then paid tribute to Madiba:
"I thank God that Mandela was who he was because revenge would not have worked. Because how much more terrible can you get? That is why I am grateful that he was able to forgive."
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