The government of South Africa has decided that justice--in this case, prosecuting people for terrorism and other crimes during the apartheid era--is not as important as a full airing of the facts. Producer Gemma Hooley listens as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hears testimony from both the victims of crimes and those who committed the crimes. The TRC is offering amnesty from prosecution to those who tell the truth. The aim is social healing; the question is, will it work?
|Hearts and Minds: The Burden of Truth|
Hearts & Minds: The Burden of Truth was produced by Gemma
Hooley. The co-producer was Robin Wise and the
editor was Loretta Williams.
The History of Apartheid in South Africa
Learn how racial discrimination was institutionalized in South Africa through apartheid laws.
Independent Newspapers online
African National Congress homepage
Clickable map of South Africa
The Curse and Blessing of South Africa
by Timothy Garten Ash in
The New York Review of Books,August 14,1997, vol.XLIV,number 13,pp.8-12
Divided South Africa
by Timothy Garten Ash in The New York Review of Books,
July 17,1997,vol.XLIV,number 12,pp.33-39
Dealing With The Past: Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa (2nd ed.)
Boraine,A; Levy,J; and Scheffer,R.
Reconciliation Through Truth: A Reckoning of Apartheid's Criminal Governance
by Asmal,k;Asmal,L;and Roberts,R.S
David Philip Publishers/Mayibuye Books;1996