October 31, 1998 |
Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel laureate who heads this country's truth commission, is to board a plane this morning for a teaching job in Atlanta. Vice Chairman Alex Boraine is bound for New York. Commissioner Fazel Randera, a physician, is going back to private practice. "The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is now closed," Commissioner Dumisa Ntsebeza, a human rights attorney, said Friday. A beaming Tutu added: "We have done it. Now let us move on."
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 27, 1998 |
Hearings here into the clandestine chemical and biological warfare program of the former apartheid government have shocked many South Africans to the core. "We suspected so many things," former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, told a gathering of foreign diplomats this week. "Now we know they were not just evil but diabolical."
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.