No short cuts to peace, says a South African peace delegation

Peace doesn’t come easy, so start working at it, says a team of South African peace delegates, to Sri Lanka’s business community. Peace doesn’t come easy, so start working at it, says a team of South African peace delegates, to Sri Lanka’s business community. As Biki Minyuku, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission put it, “There are no short cuts to peace, it’s a long haul flight.”

Minyuku was explaining to the local business community on Tuesday, how South Africa moved from the apartheid social-straight-jacket to democratic governance.

“You have to get started,” says John Hall, a businessman who is also the chairman of South Africa’s National Peace Accord.

The South African team, that has had hands on experience in driving peace from within the private sector, is in Sri Lanka to share their experience with the local business community.

It was South Africa’s business community- later joined by religious leaders- that pressured political parties to put an end to decades of apartheid driven violence that crippled the countries economy.

Now Sri Lanka’s private sector too, i