October 30, 1998 |
In a public damnation of the evils perpetrated under apartheid, South Africa's truth commission Thursday released its final report after the ruling African National Congress lost an eleventh-hour court battle to keep it under wraps. The milestone document lays blame for killings, beatings and torture on the former, white-minority regime, which it identifies as the No. 1 villain of the country's racist past.
October 29, 1998 |
The final report of this country's truth commission, meant to clear the air about the nation's racist past, may instead resemble apartheid-era documents that were left with gaping holes by government censors. Back from the printers on Wednesday, the five-volume report is scheduled to be delivered today to President Nelson Mandela and made public.
June 12, 1998 |
The former white-led government tried to develop bacteria that would kill, or make infertile, only black people, the scientist who set up the apartheid regime's secret poison factory said. Dr. Daan Goosen told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, engaged in unraveling the grim secrets of the apartheid era, that a major focus at the secret laboratory had been the infertility project. "It was not thought to get rid of all the black people, just to curb the birth rate," he said.
July 13, 1997 |
As soon as the amnesty hearing for the murderers of Newport Beach's Amy Biehl ended last week, the committee began hearing its next case: a grenade attack on a church service that killed 11 worshipers. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission is considering amnesty applications from more than 7,000 people in human rights violations committed from 1960 to 1994.
May 11, 1997 |
Hundreds of people from both sides of this country's racial divide scrambled Saturday to beat a midnight deadline to seek amnesty for political crimes and human rights abuses committed in the apartheid era. Among those who applied to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were some of the government's most senior officials, including Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, several Cabinet ministers and at least 370 other members of the ruling African National Congress, officials said.
January 28, 1997 |
In a dramatic breakthrough, officials said Monday that five former security police officers are expected to seek amnesty in the 1977 beating death of celebrated black leader Steven Biko, the most notorious death in police custody of the apartheid era. Biko headed the Black Consciousness Movement and at the time was arguably South Africa's best-known political dissident. His death in detention prompted worldwide outrage and was instrumental in the imposition of U.N.