History for the Future

TRC 20th anniversary: Archbishop Tutu reflects on the successes and shortfalls

Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflects on the successes and shortfalls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which took place 20 years ago.

In a podcast series called 'History for the Future: What we can learn from the TRC', veteran journalist, Pippa Green interviewed 13 commissioners who share their views of the proceedings in retrospect.

They let themselves down, they let us down, they let the people who came to testify at the commission down.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, TRC Commissioner

Tutu weighed in on the Nkandla matter, lambasting President Jacob Zuma for allowing for the upgrade of his private home at a cost of R250-million.

How could anybody who lived through apartheid and all that discrimination agree on so much money spent for one person, even when that person is the president?

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, TRC Commissioner

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