History for the Future

Talking about 'History for the Future, What we Can Learn from the TRC' series

Veteran journalist, Pippa Green, says the 13-part series about the Truth and Recoliliation Commission (TRC) was about doing an assessment of history in retrospect.

In the series, titled 'History for the Future, What we Can Learn from the TRC', Green interviewed the various commissioners involved in the hearings.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to human rights lawyer and former TRC commissioner, Yasmin Sooka, and writer, Palesa Morudu, regarding the matter

Listen to the conversation below:

It was a negotiated political compromise... Neither side was strong enough at the end of the violent 80s to see through a victory, one way or another.

Pippa Green, veteran journalist

Sooka said the TRC let South Africans down as there was no follow-up process to ensure that recommendations and reparations were implemented.

Had the government actually immediately began to implement reparations and recommendations, we would be in a different environment.

Yasmin Sooka, TRC

Morudu's mother met Eugene De Kock in prison to decipher the details surrounding the disapperance of her son, who disappeared in 1987 as an Mkhonto we Sizwe (MK) member.

There were three police officers who asked for amnesty for his kidnapping, and they got it... We felt that there was an injustice done because we imagined they would have known what happened to him.

Palesa Morudu, political writer

This article first appeared on 702 : Talking about 'History for the Future, What we Can Learn from the TRC' series


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