Was TRC effective in getting reparations for victims of apartheid atrocities?

Today marks the 20 year anniversary of the start of the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) hearings, which formed an integral part of South Africa's post-democratic development.

702's John Robbie spoke to former investigative unit head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

Here was a commission, which was intended to investigate 34 years of South African history, in terms of the hostilities between the liberation movement and the apartheid regime. It was a near miracle.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, TRC former investigative head

We had recommended an amount of about R2500 per month, for about six years. It was not compensation, it was intended to restore some level of dignity to the people who suffered. The government did not implement it.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, TRC former investigative head

The law was clear. If you did not apply for amnesty, then you would be prosecuted if there was evidence mounted against you.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, TRC former investigative head

Our investigative unit had 43 files which contained around 900 instances. We had not been able to investigate all of them because we only had 18 months to do investigate.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, TRC former investigative head

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