- Helen Zille shared a photo of a letter on social media that had been written by her mother in the 1970s
- In the letter, Zille's mother criticises several apartheid policies
- Zille said she was proud of her mother after finding the letter
Former Western Cape premier Helen Zille shared a photo on social media of a letter her mother had written to the Rand Daily Mail in the 1970s, in which she railed against apartheid inequalities.
Zille said she had come across the letter while packing up her belongings.
In the letter, Zille's mother accuses the apartheid government of "dehumanising others".
Zille said that reading the letter, which was sent in 1974, brought tears to her eyes, according to Times Live.
The letter is critical of "equal development". Zille's mother slams the apartheid regime for its "moral decay", writing that, under apartheid policies, the "individual, his needs and his suffering have become irrelevant".
She goes onto accuse the state of reducing many South African citizens to "papers, dates, numbers".
The letter ends off by stating: "By dehumanising others we […] become dehumanised ourselves".
Zille said that she is proud of her mother for having written the letter. Several people on social media agreed and responded to the post with positive messages.
Zille replied by saying it "it's wonderful when one can be proud of one's parents", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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