Agang SA Youth Forum calls for TRC II

By Drum Digital
17 December 2013

Mamphele Ramphele’s political party Agang SA’s Youth Forum has called for a second Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Mamphela Ramphele’s political party Agang SA’s Youth Forum has called for a second Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

“We believe we urgently need to look at the failings of the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Amongst these is the fact that the TRC was never meant to be an event but rather a process,” said party spokesperson Rorisang Tshabalala in a statement.

“Just as apartheid wreaked havoc on generations so too must the process of truth, healing and reconciliation be carried on across generations. There are other issues too, including the matter of the hold-ups in paying out the reparations promised reparations to victims,” said Tshabalala.

For these reasons the Youth Forum was calling for TRC II.

“While TRC I focused on truth and reconciliation primarily between races, we feel that TRC II should have an expanded scope to examine the truth and reconciliation that has to happen between socio-economic classes, between labour and capital and between political parties and the electorate,” said Tshabalala.

Tshabalala said the party was working to ensure that TRC II becomes Agang SA policy.

“To get things moving we will be seeking an audience with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other key players in the TRC I process and other stakeholders in the private, public and social sector to look at how TRC II could be structured to make change now and to lay foundations for the next 20 years.” - Staff reporter

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