Stirring talk sparks tears of humanity in Margaret River

Special stories: Margaret River resident and member of the local chapter of the University of the Third Age Ginn Fourie. Photo: Supplied.

Special stories: Margaret River resident and member of the local chapter of the University of the Third Age Ginn Fourie. Photo: Supplied.

Margaret River resident and member of the local chapter of the University of the Third Age Ginn Fourie recently delivered a stirring talk at a group special event.

According to the U3A's Sue Juniper, Mrs Fourie's story left some in tears and all attendees "jolted" out of their comfort zone.

"Born in South Africa, Ginn was married there and had two children," explained Mrs Juniper.

"In 1993 her daughter, Lyndi, just six months from finishing a civil engineering degree, died in a terrorist attack in a multi-racial tavern in Cape Town."

The attack was in revenge for a massacre of five black school children by the South African Defence Force.

Three men carried out the attack which resulted in the death of Lyndi Fourie and three others.

"The attack was master-minded by the Director of Operations - Letlapa Mphahlele, educated, fanatical and trained as a Freedom Fighter, he quickly became the leader of the High Command of the Azanian People's Liberation Army," said Mrs Juniper.

"As nations who have mistreated their indigenous people, Ginn spoke of the shared history of Australia, Canada and South Africa," she said.

"In 1948, perhaps unknown to many, Australia was consulted as to what methods were used for dealing with its original inhabitants.

"Then, returning to South Africa 'separate development' became enshrined in the law - which led to apartheid."

She said Mrs Fourie's courage shone through as she told her story to the gathered audience.

"In her words, there was a need to forgive her daughter's killers," she said.

Mrs Fourie's first impression on meeting with Letlapa was of the humanity that flowed from him and his desire for personal growth.

A strong bond was forged between the two which resulted in the formation of the Lyndi Fourie Foundation.

Now, the duo travel the world, together and independently, to attend conferences in the spirit of forgiveness and bonciliation, bringing thoughtfulness and hope to many.

Mrs Fourie moved to Margaret River in June 2015 with her husband, and hopes to publish her autobiography - 'The Lyndi Tree' - later this year.

"We at the U3A here in Margaret River are privileged to count Ginn as one of our members," Mrs Juniper said.