History for the Future

Why has the NPA failed to prosecute some killers found guilty by the TRC?

The National Prosecutions Authority's (NPA) failure to prosecute a number of killers found guilty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) continues to be a bone of contention in South Africa.

The podcast series titled 'History for the Future: What we can learn from the TRC' by veteran journalist, Pippa Green, delves into this issue. In the podcast series, the commissioners of the 1994 proceedings share their thoughts regarding the shortfalls and successes of the TRC.

702's Azania Mosaka explores the complex issues with Marjorie Dobson from Khulumani, an NGO that helps apartheid victims families.

Listen to the conversation below:

The big problem with such a process is they knew they had done such terrible things that in their preparation before appearing before the committee, they sanitised the record.

Marjorie Dobson, national director of Khulumani

The NPA is a body set up for criminal prosecutions, not for dealing with victims issues and so all of their focus was around dealing with criminality.

Marjorie Dobson, national director of Khulumani
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