The Democratic Alliance has slammed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's proposals that businesses which benefited from or propped up apartheid be made to pay reparations to victims.
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DA spokesperson on human rights, Dene Smuts, said on Monday that the TRC went "beyond the scope of its mandate" in its new chapter on Business and Reparations, which also argues in favour of claims by apartheid victims against foreign banks and companies that bankrolled the apartheid state.
"By no stretch of the imagination is the International Monetary Fund responsible for the victims of Apla's St James Church massacre, for example, or Anglo American for African National Congress cadres tortured or executed by the ANC itself in Quatro in Angola," Smuts said.
Dene said the TRC findings suggested that business benefited from apartheid and, given the widening gap between rich and poor, should be brought into "a wider project of reparation to all those South Africans whose normal development was impaired by apartheid". "Although no such obligation in fact exists, the Business Trust has already been created for this purpose."
Smuts said the "TRC's earlier tendency to stray beyond its terms of reference has turned into a headlong rush into terrain which is well beyond the scope of its mandate".
"The TRC was not created to act as a redistributive mechanism and the commissioners do not have either the power or the qualifications to be unleashed on the economy," she said.
- Source: Full article "DA rejects TRC proposal" appeared on the Independant Online iol.co.za website