The Truth Commission and Post-Apartheid Literature in South Africa
Research in African Literatures
From the beginning, it was clear that South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) would be different from the cold, bureaucratic, and mostly in camera proceedings of similar bodies in Chile and other nations in transition from authoritarian regimes. Rather than issuing blanket indemnity to the agents of state terror, as in Chile, amnesty in South Africa was granted on an individual basis to those who gave "full disclosure" of politically motivated crimes. Thus amnesty was used as a tool for excavating the truth about the past.
“The Truth Commission and Post-Apartheid Literature in South Africa.” Research in African Literatures 34.1 (Spring 2003): 11-30