Today, 19 July 2020, marks 25 years when the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act Bill was signed into law.
This led to the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) with commissioners been appointed and three Committees: Human Rights, Amnesty and the Reparation and Rehabilitation. The TRC was intended to help heal the country and bring about a reconciliation of its people by uncovering the truth about human rights violations that had occurred during the period of apartheid.
More than 22 000 statements were made by victims and public hearings were held throughout the country. The TRC received 7,000 amnesty applications between 1996 and 1998, but granted only about 1,000. More than 300 cases were recommended for prosecution after amnesty was denied, however, currently many of those remain unpunished.
The families (and friends) of Apartheid-era Victims and Extra-Judicial killings demand that President C. Ramaphosa commit himself, along with his cabinet, in the opening with immediate effect ‘ a commission of inquiry’ to undertake the following:
(a) find out the reasons for the undue delays by the NPA in investigating and prosecuting over 300 TRC cases, and
(b) bring to everyone’s attention the reasons for the spiteful and malevolent political interference in sorting each of the cases.
Considering these issues, the families request an audience with the President and his Minister of Justice and, they demand a public apology for the delay and the interference.
Being friends and families of Apartheid-era Victims and Extra-Judicial killings, we want to make it unequivocally clear that none of us want apartheid-era police personnel or prosecutors working on any of the TRC cases.
All of us would simply want to see Apartheid-era inquests reopened and the findings legally reversed.
In addition, we want our democratic legal system to investigate the extrajudicial killings and murders in police custody and their results should be made public.
W are sick and tired of the delays and interference and therefore desire that prosecutions get underway and that full disclosure be made regarding each case.
And we also request that we are given access to all the extant Military, Police, and Justice Department records as regards the killings both inside and outside of South Africa.
We call on all Justice loving compatriots to support our demands by sharing and signing this petition