Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mandela's Legacy: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

By Mike McManus
December 12, 2013

In dozens of stories about Nelson Mandela after his death few mentioned his greatest achievement - the creation of a South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was part of the new country's Constitution.

Its negotiators were former enemies. The African National Congress (ANC), which took power in 1994, wanted "justice." That would probably have taken the form of prosecutions, prison and reparations. The former apartheid government wanted collective amnesty for its crimes. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) became the innovative means to respond to both needs.

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