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Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

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Posted on Aug 17, 2007

Five South African men, including former Police Minister Adriaan Vlok, have received suspended prison sentences for attempting to assassinate a prominent anti-apartheid leader 18 years ago. The intended target, Frank Chikane, who now works for the president, did not want the men to go to prison. Vlok previously sought forgiveness by washing Chikane’s feet.


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A post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission - headed by Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu - investigated offences committed during the apartheid era and granted amnesty to those who admitted their crimes.

Vlok appeared before the commission, and received amnesty for a series of bombings, but did not ask for immunity for the attempted poisoning of Rev Chikane.

Earlier this month, the former South African President, F W De Klerk, denied any involvement in crimes or human rights abuses committed during the apartheid era.

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By farmertx, August 18, 2007 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

South Africa, prior to its emergence from apartheid was a prime example of why it is so wrong to let the religious beliefs of a few be the basis of law for all.
The Boers did a masterful job of opening up the country, enduring countless hardships. But they negated that by using the Old Testament as the basis of Government.
They were the anointed of God (kinda like someone we all have heard of in this country) and that made all their decisions the ‘correct’ ones.
The ‘Truth Commission’ was a step in the right direction. Won’t be long until we will need a Truth Commission in this country.

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