De Klerk ‘dialogue’ inclusion opens old wounds

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Terry Bell

The inclusion of former President FW de Klerk in the “national dialogue” initiative launched by former President Thabo Mbeki has opened up several old wounds. And it has, once again, thrown into sharp relief the failings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

It has also perhaps highlighted the need to gain a clearer and more detailed insight into our recent and traumatic history. As former Transkei president and now United Democratic Movement leader, Bantubonke Holomisa notes: “Too much has been swept under the carpet of reconciliation.”

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