Desmond Tutu’s TRC work: Helping to achieve 'restorative justice' in SA

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Photo: Beeld)
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Photo: Beeld)

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work against apartheid, will undoubtedly be remembered for leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The commission became a key fixture of South Africa shortly after the fall of apartheid, where hearings and testimonies of the atrocities that took place during apartheid were broadcasted across the country and followed by millions. 

Tutu proposed the commission should adopt a threefold approach: the first being confession, with those responsible for human rights abuses fully disclosing their activities; the second being forgiveness in the form of a legal amnesty from prosecution; and the third being restitution, with the perpetrators making amends to their victims.

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