Uneasy Truths And The Truth And Reconciliation Commission


An appearance before the TRC was not a joke.

Leon WesselsDirector, Centre of Human Rights at the University of the Free State

Translated Extract from Vereeniging — Die Onvoltooide Vrede [Umuzi]

An appearance before the TRC was not a joke. Ghosts rising from the security rooms of the old government or possible surprises from the TRC files contributed to this ordeal. Proud soldiers and police officers on their knees before the TRC, pleading for amnesty, was not a pretty sight. Their actions I cannot defend; yet, I also cannot not condemn them — we were after all on the same side of the conflict.