'There is a stated commitment to deal with TRC cases but it's taking too long'

Former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) commissioner Yasmin Sooka says it has been a 16-year battle trying to get the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute TRC-related cases.

Some of these cases involve the murders of the Cradock Four and Pebco Three in 1985 and FW de Klerk's role in the authorisation of these killings. The cases have been brought to the fore yet again following his utterances denying that apartheid was a crime against humanity.

Sooka says her concern is that affected family members are dying and perpetrators are getting old.

What we do have after 16 years of really putting a lot of pressure on the NPA is a statement by the current head Shamiela Batohi that the NPA is going to give attention to these TRC cases... and so there is a stated commitment to dealing with these cases but whether that commitment is actually matched by action, I think, is something that we need to put on the table because it all seems to be taking too long.

Yasmin Sooka, Former TRC commissioner

In the case of De Klerk, I think that there is the question of command responsibility, he was present at almost 90% of the state security council meetings. He was also present when the orders were given to take out the Cradock Four and Pebco Three.

Yasmin Sooka, Former TRC commissioner

I believe that if we bring these cases up and begin them, that is when we are going to reach the top and go beyond the foot soldiers.

Yasmin Sooka, Former TRC commissioner

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