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15 YEARS SINCE THE 1998 TRC REPORT: Are Survivors and Victims of Apartheid Atrocities Worse Off than Before?

15 YEARS SINCE THE 1998 TRC REPORT:
Are Survivors and Victims of Apartheid Atrocities Worse Off than Before?

A Public Debate at Constitution Hill   Tuesday 5 November 2013, 17:30 – 20:00   All Welcome

When former President Mandela accepted the five volumes of the 1998 TRC Report on 29 October 1998, he called for a generosity of spirit in making good on providing reparations to survivors and families of victims of apartheid crimes.  He said,

“It is for those who have the means, to contribute to the efforts to repair the damage wrought by the past… (so that those) who have suffered losses of different kinds and magnitudes (may) be afforded reparation, proceeding from the premise that freedom and dignity are the real prize that our sacrifices were meant to attain.”

The generosity of spirit that former President Mandela sought to call forth, did not materalise and in many respects, there has been a widespread lack of commitment to make good on the aspirations contained in the Preamble that states,

“We, the people of South Africa, recognize the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land’ Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united on our diversity.”

A Public Debate at Constitution Hill   Tuesday 5 November 2013, 17:30 – 20:00   All Welcome

When former President Mandela accepted the five volumes of the 1998 TRC Report on 29 October 1998, he called for a generosity of spirit in making good on providing reparations to survivors and families of victims of apartheid crimes.  He said,

“It is for those who have the means, to contribute to the efforts to repair the damage wrought by the past… (so that those) who have suffered losses of different kinds and magnitudes (may) be afforded reparation, proceeding from the premise that freedom and dignity are the real prize that our sacrifices were meant to attain.”

The generosity of spirit that former President Mandela sought to call forth, did not materalise and in many respects, there has been a widespread lack of commitment to make good on the aspirations contained in the Preamble that states,

“We, the people of South Africa, recognize the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land’ Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united on our diversity.”

Our post-apartheid trajectory has seen many disappointments, not least the failure to build an inclusive and just society. Instead inequality has increased every year.

For victims of apartheid crimes, the greatest disappointment has been their experiences of being

  • ‘duped’ into believing the assertions that the amnesty process would bring them the truth about what happened to their loved ones;
  • ‘dumped’ by the failure of the post-apartheid government to adopt a timeous, adequate and effective regime of reparations; and
  • ‘deceived’ by the continuing refusal of the TRC Unit in the Department of Justice to embrace proposals that would begin to serve the community needs of organized survivors of apartheid atrocities and their intransigent insistence on transferring these funds into providing for township infrastructure renovation.

The commemorative event on Tuesday 5 November 2013 will revisit the original reparation and rehabilitation proposals and reflect on how as a nation we missed the boat in working for an inclusive programme of reparations in South Africa and what it will take to adopt appropriate and transformative policy proposals for those who paid the highest price in securing the much-acclaimed transition in South Africa.

For media contacts, please call:

Advocate Sipho Mantula: 084 781 5587
Ms Nomarussia Bonase:  082 751 9903
Dr Marjorie Jobson:      082 268 0223
 
 
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