Editorial: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission
John Daniel, 1
Just war’ and’ Just means’: was the TRC wrong about the ANC?
Janet Cherry, 9
Janet Cherry, a member of the TRC’s Research Department, takes a second look at the TRC’s findings on the ANC and concludes they were morally and legally sound.
“They should have destroyed more’: the destruction of public records by the South African state in the final yearsof apartheid, 1990-94
Verne Harris, 29
Verne Harris analyses the systematic, and probably, illegal destruction of state records by the outgoing National Party government as a large-scale sanitisation of its memory resources, an attempt at a state-imposed amnesia.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report
Stephen Ellis, 57
Stephen Ellis reviews the TRC’s final report and deems it both a balanced account of at least certain categories of human rights abuse and as a major historical document.
Truth, Telling, Questioning: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull, and literature after apartheid
Mark Sanders, 73
Mark Sanders analyses Antjie Krog’s major work on the TRC, which he regards as part reportage, part memoir and part metafiction which can be read as a supplement to the report.
International Humanitarian Law, Mengistu Haile Mariam and South Africa’s Missed Opportunity
John Daniel, 92
John Daniel comments on Human Sights Watch’s attempts to persuade the South African government to arrest former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam during his 1999 stay in South Africa and criticises the government for missing a chance to advance the development of international law.