OPINION: Embracing Nelson Mandela's contested legacy

2020-02-11 13:51

The global peacemaker's reputation has taken a knock among young South Africans who believe he chose unity over justice, writes Sisonke Msimang.

The 'divine discomfort' needed to lift SA out of its state of frozenness

2019-08-05 08:51

The lack of urgency by all role players to transform South Africa on all levels has led to an alarming increase in divisions within our society between rich and poor, different race groups, leadership and the people, writes Christo Thesnaar.

Tutu to be honoured at TRC anniversary event

2018-12-09 21:00

A special dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report will honour former chairperson archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Staying true to a national vision

2018-10-14 06:00

This tightening noose of material deprivation has heightened levels of anxiety and desperation. As a nation, we will have to regroup, and avoid the short-termism of the first two decades of democracy, writes Jan Hofmeyr.

A different time, a different place

2018-09-10 13:36

In 1994, when millions of South Africans lined up to cast their ballots, there was something in the air – an expectation of a new horizon, a democratic dispensation that would essentially break the shackles of poverty, inequality and exclusion, writes Cecyl Esau.

Why talking about the TRC is still important 20 years later

2018-07-24 07:00

Many youth have come to regard the TRC as a process that served only to appease those who had benefitted from apartheid and an exercise that served to maintain existing power imbalances, writes Eleanor du Plooy.

Prosecuting state capturers Ramaphosa's best hope of controlling the ANC

2018-02-27 07:32

The testimony that will surface in several criminal trials of public personalities and at the state capture inquiry can play a healing role, almost similar to that of the TRC, writes Max du Preez.

Working towards honest reconciliation and social justice

2017-12-01 09:30

To what extent can reconciliation succeed if the economic injustices of the past are left unaddressed? The Siyakha Community Healing Forum and Institute for Justice and Reconciliation works to find an answer.

The grim legacy of Steve Biko's killer

2017-09-17 06:21

Those who suffered at the hands of Gideon Nieuwoudt attest to how much he enjoyed meting out brutality, write Nosipiwo Manona and Nicki Gules.

De Klerk ‘dialogue’ inclusion opens old wounds

2017-05-08 10:10

The inclusion of former President FW de Klerk in the “national dialogue” initiative has again thrown into sharp relief the failings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, writes Terry Bell.


Neil Aggett inquest: Apartheid cops who did not apply for amnesty regrouping, says TRC commissioner

2020-01-24 08:24

Yasmin Sooka, a former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) commissioner, says many former apartheid police officers - some of whom were in police command structures - have been regrouping "to prevent any information emerging around things that implicate them".

Ahmed Timol murder: Roderigues still has an opportunity to make a full disclosure - family

2019-06-03 14:03

The family of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol says the law must take its course - not only for him, but for many other activists who died at the hands of apartheid-era police officers.

Violent tactics undermine public trust in police

2018-11-04 18:00

The TRC was South Africa's internationally lauded form of transitional justice. But within the borders of our state many citizens view our transformation steps as half-baked, writes Kimal Harvey.

Truth, Lies and Alibis: 'The truth is rarely pure and never simple'

2018-10-08 15:51

The motive of this book was to try to tease out the buried, hidden facts, after I had stumbled in this case – and in my reporting elsewhere – on stories in which the truth, to quote Oscar Wilde, was rarely pure and never simple.

On Magnus Malan, the TRC and white victimhood

2018-08-14 10:13

The Magnus Malan story is a powerful example of how white violence can become victimhood and therefore worthy of protection and defence, writes Jodi Wiliams.

These communities could share R500 million in apartheid reparations

2018-07-18 05:59

Since 1995 the President's Fund, a recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), has grown to more than R1.4 billion. That money may finally see real use, for the first time.

South Africa’s dangerous triangle of race-class inequality

2018-01-28 06:00

The contemptible living conditions of black children should ignite the conscience of white and black elite groups who enjoy an undeserved wealth, argues Sampie Terreblanche.

Winning women: Uncovering the bones of healing

2017-11-12 11:20

"What drives us in the Missing Persons Task Team is much more than recovering a body; it is about finding the remains of a life that mattered and handing them back to their family in a dignified, solemn and moving ceremony," says Madeleine Fullard

Closure for families of hanged UDF 8 as remains are exhumed

2017-06-01 20:37

Eight families, who for years never knew where their loved ones were buried after they were hanged in the gallows, have finally gotten closure when their remains were exhumed.

Ahmed Timol inquest reopened 2 days before 45th anniversary of his death

2016-10-26 22:05

An inquest into the death of teacher and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol who died in police custody 45 years ago will be reopened by the National Prosecuting Authority.

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