In South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission proponents of apartheid were absolved if they admitted their crimes. Murder, rape, torture, child abuse. The “Perpetrators of violence could give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution”. Apartheid lasted over fifty years. The Truth and Reconciliation Committee was done in two.
Meanwhile here in Europe they are still tracking down and charging “war criminals” for similar crimes committed over fifty years ago. These European war criminals are offered no option to “give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution”. If Mandela was so right should the British and Americans allow German war criminals to admit atrocities then let them go?
Does the truth and reconciliation commission rid the proponents of apartheid and it’s beneficiaries, their well educated children, of responsibility for crimes committed? Is that what it was for? Where is justice for the majority of Black (and white) Africans . Why have the British not applied Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Iraq or is it one rule for England and America and Truth and reconciliation for everyone else? I am one man looking for an answer. What is the truth and reconciliation commission for?
Is the truth and reconcilation commission in place to stop a potential bloodbath? That’s what we were told around the world. And yet where is the evidence? Other African revolutionaries did not end apartheid colonialism in a bloodbath. South Africans on the oppressed side of apartheid proved themselves more than dignified long before it was shut down. So the question in my mind remains what and whom was the Truth and Reconciliation commission for?