Title

The Truth Commission and Post-Apartheid Literature in South Africa

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Research in African Literatures

Volume

34.1

Publication Date

2003

First Page

11

Last Page

30

Abstract

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.

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