To mark Human Rights Month in South Africa in 2013, the South African History Archive (SAHA), in conjunction with the SABC, launched a special website on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
The TRC was a court-like body established in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid. Witnesses who were identified as victims of gross human rights violations were invited to give statements about their experiences, and some were selected for public hearings. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution.
On March 21, 2013, it wias 10 years since the final report of the TRC was presented to government. In the last 10 years and 15 years since the series was last broadcast, what progress has been made in South Africa’s journey to reconciliation?
You will be able to access the 87-part ‘Truth Commission Special Report’ television series, last broadcast 15 years ago. Previously unavailable to most South Africans, the weekly television series has now been brought out of the archives, digitised and repackaged to make the work of the TRC more universally accessible and to support ongoing transitional justice and reconciliation work in South Africa.
All episodes of the television series have been catalogued, transcribed, indexed and linked to relevant sections of the official TRC Final Report, transcripts from TRC hearings, amnesty decisions, submissions made to the TRC and other related resources, to form a seamless information repository.
To visit this site, click here.