Survivors shouted when they came face-to-face with killer bomber Stephanus Coetzee (33).
Coetzee is one of four men who bombed a shopping centre in Worcester in the Western Cape, killing four people and injuring over 70 in 1996.
On Monday, Coetzee - who was 16 at the time - visited the scene of the blast during a victim offender dialogue.
Neliswa Busakwe (34) - whose sister Sweetness was killed - said she wasn’t ready to forgive him.
“My sister was the breadwinner. She was only 31 years old. Coetzee robbed us... and things have been difficult for us.
“I just can’t forgive him... my sister’s legs were broken and her stomach was wide open. She died in 2000 after four years of pain and suffering,” said Neliswa.
Coetzee’s statement read: “I’m sorry for the pain and suffering I caused your families. I have deep regret and I’m remorseful for my actions.
“To ask for forgiveness will be unfair, selfish. I just want to apologise. My actions showed no mercy. I don’t expect you to show mercy to me,” he said.
Some people shouted: “This man should be hanged,” as Coetzee walked around the death scene with Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.
The aim of the initiative is to promote reconciliation and healing between Coetzee and blast survivors and the re-integration of offenders.
Photo: Mandla Mnyakama