13 commissioners discuss Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 years on

It's now 20 years since the first public hearing of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on 15 April 1996.

The TRC was a court-like body which was assembled to get the perpetrators of crimes under Apartheid take responsibility and also help the families who lost loved ones in the process get closure.

Veteran journalist, Pippa Green, sat down with 13 former TRC commissioners and looked back at the experience they had during the hearings.

The interviews comprise a podcast series called History for the Future, What we Can Learn from the TRC, and is available on the 702 and Cape Talk app as well as the websites for download.

Redi Tlhabi spoke to the series creator Pippa Green to find out more about the interviews and what motivated her to embark on this mission.

The idea was to look back so that one could look forward. To do an assessment and allow people who have been involved in the original process to evaluate where we are today.

Pippa Green, Veteran journalist

Although we have made progress, sadly there are some big gaps and there are things to be learned from the TRC from both the process and the recommendations

Pippa Green, Veteran journalist

Green says a good thing about the TRC was that, unlike the Chilean TRC, all hearings were done in public. This enabled the country's population to hear witness testimony of the hardships suffered under the apartheid regime.

She reminds us that there were no blanket amnesties granted for the perpetrators. Those who did not fully disclose their actions according to the criteria did not receive amnesty.

Speaking to Redi Thlabi, Green says the TRC brought back the forgotten moments in our history like the uprising of the Mpondo land in the 1960's.

What the commission had said afterwards was that looking at the country today, there are a lot of things they were not able to do. There's growing inequality and the recommendations on public order policing and prisons have not really been followed

Pippa Green, Veteran journalist

Redi Thlabi played clips of Archbishop Desmond Tutu from one of the TRC hearings.

She had a conversation with Yasmin Sook, Former Human Rights lawyer and TRC commissioner as well as Palesa Morudu, a young writer whose 22 year old brother Moss was part of uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and disappeared in 1987.

Listen to the full interview below:

Read More
Mining job cuts on the cards, industry won't be No.1 employer again - analyst

Mining job cuts on the cards, industry won't be No.1 employer again - analyst

Labour and mining analyst predicts SA mining industry will never return to its heydey of being the largest contributor to GDP.

Trans kids need to be supported (not surpressed) by parents, says Dr Eve

Trans kids need to be supported (not surpressed) by parents, says Dr Eve

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve discusses the debate on gender diversity and the rights and agency of transgender children growing up.

#30PlusAppreciation: Lebo Mashile gives thumbs-up to redefining aging

#30PlusAppreciation: Lebo Mashile gives thumbs-up to redefining aging

Poet, actor and author Lebo Mashile speaks about how she has learned to trust herself and listen to her instincts as she ages.

Bakkie driver says woman wanted to ride at the back, slams racism accusations

Bakkie driver says woman wanted to ride at the back, slams racism accusations

Some on social media are enraged by a photo of an Eastern Cape man transporting a black woman in a cage at the back of his bakkie.

Male listeners share stories of abuse after teacher scandal

Male listeners share stories of abuse after teacher scandal

A teacher has been allegedly involved in a transactional, sexual relationship with a grade eight learner.

Must-read book titles dropping in 2017

Must-read book titles dropping in 2017

Publishers share their inside scoop on local literary works which are due to drop this year and what we can expect.

Popular articles
Home Affairs takes on Oppenheimer family over VIP airport terminal

Home Affairs takes on Oppenheimer family over VIP airport terminal

The department's DG Mkuseli Apleni says Home Affairs cannot simply grant special immigration services to this wealthy family.

Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone

Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone

The latest figures show dam levels at 36.8%, which means they could run almost empty by the time 2017 the winter rains come.

Driving lessons to be incorporated into SA school's curriculum

Driving lessons to be incorporated into SA school's curriculum

Spokesperson for Transport Minister, Dipou Peters, says learners will be given an opportunity to become good and safe drivers.

LISTEN: I paid for sound system from my own personal account - Phahlane

LISTEN: I paid for sound system from my own personal account - Phahlane

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says he paid for his R80 0000 sound system at his house in Pretoria.

Medical students given deadline to accept placements or lose their spots

Medical students given deadline to accept placements or lose their spots

22 medical students who have declined placements for internships could lose their positions to foreign nationals.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

How a family butchery became the first Pick n Pay in Diepkloof

How a family butchery became the first Pick n Pay in Diepkloof

The Monageng family started with their mom–and–pop corner butchery in 1972 and now have partnership with Pick n Pay in Soweto.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.