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The Truth and Reconciliation Commision in South Africa
Transcript of The Truth and Reconciliation Commision in South Africa
By: Jared and Taylor
Definition of the TRC
The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to investigate political crimes that happened under the apartheid. The conflict during this period resulted in violence and human right abuses.
Time period of The TRC
"Truth and Reconciliation Commission." Truth and Reconciliation Commission. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2015.
"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa." The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Web. 23 Feb. 2015. <http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/letters/the-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-in-south-africa>.
"Resources." South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid. Web. 24 Feb. 2015. <http://overcomingapartheid.msu.edu/unit.php?id=65-24E-3&page=2>.
"Challenges and Limitations." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 24 Feb. 2015. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/607421/Truth-and-Reconciliation-Commission-South-Africa-TRC/288203/Challenges-and-limitations>.
Why was it Controversial
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was almost certainly the most expanded investigation into past injustices the world has known. It was more successful than other truth commissions, and often is seen as a model of effective conflict solving. By bringing to light past horrors during dramatic public affairs, the TRC had the cleansing power to help steer South Africa in a boldly democratic direction. Though it was meant for good, it also had let persecutors be free of their actions.
Effects on South Africa's people
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission occurred after the Apartheid .The people of South Africa felt they should own up to their past and try to become a unified country.
Some people wanted harsh penalties for the perpetrators of apartheid crimes. Also people simply wanted to forget the past (mostly older). In the end, the new government decided to establish a commission to document what happened during South Africa's most troubled times, and offered limited forgiveness to those who confessed their involvement.
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Answers for quiz!!!
1. Why was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission formed and when?
It was formed to investigate political crime that occurred under the apartheid.
2. How has it affected the South African people?
Many people wanted the persecutors to be punished and others wanted to just forget what happened in the past.
3. Do you think ,from what you have heard, making this commission was a good or bad idea? It was good because it brought to light what happened during the time of the Apartheid. It also was bad because it let perseecutors get away with their actions.