The first democratic elections and the first black elected government in 1994 brought about political freedom for the majority in South Africa although the same cannot be said for economic freedom. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) afforded both the victims and perpetrators of violence during apartheid to share their stories hoping for a start towards healing and reconciliation. There were mixed views and opinions about the process. Some said that it was a process of opening the wounds and a process not followed by retribution. The dictionary described retribution as that which is given for past good or evil. Others believed that some of the perpetrators of violence during apartheid participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in order to receive pardon and immunity against prosecution for the atrocious acts they committed during apartheid. Unfortunately, the TRC was not followed with the white people of South Africa giving away the proceeds they benefitted from as a result of white privilege. Father Michael Lapsley started the Trauma Centre in Cape Town. Father Michael Lapsley was a victim of the violence from the South African government. He lost both his arms in 1990 while still exiled in Zimbabwe as a result of a letter bomb that was sent by the South African government. This clearly indicated that the apartheid regime was not negotiating in good faith, whilst the negotiations for a democratic government and unbanning of political parties and allowing political exiles to return, the government was still involved in despicable and atrocious acts of violence. This violent act towards Father Michael Lapsley did not cause him to be resentful, instead he opted to be a healer of memories including his own and those of others. I would like to quote Nelson Mandela at this stage on resentment, Nelson Mandela – “having resentment against someone is like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy.” This was true for Father Michael as he lead the Trauma Center for victims of violence and torture which was officially opened in 1993. Father Michael Lapsley purports that for him joining the Trauma Center was the culmination of a major transition from freedom fighter to healer. He further says I quote “the thing that struck me on my return to South Africa was that we were a damaged nation- damaged by what we had done to each other, damaged by what was done to us, and damaged by what we failed to do. From the work of the Trauma Center, Father Michael Lapsley developed the healing of the Memories Workshops that served both the victims and the perpetrators of violence during apartheid. I was fortunate to be one of the participants in these workshops in 1996 and in 1997 to be invited as a co-facilitator of the workshops. Father Michael Lapsley continues to offer these workshops in South Africa and internationally.