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Battle Against Forgetting: human rights and the unfinished business of the TRC

To mark 20 years since the first public hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on 15 April 1996, the South African History Archive, in collaboration with the Human Rights Media Centre, the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, Khulumani Support Group (Western Cape), the Ahmed Timol Family Trust, and Constitution Hill, will be hosting a series of public exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions and workshops aimed at raising awareness around ongoing justice and accountability issues in relation to the unfinished business of the TRC. 

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15 April 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the very first public hearings of the TRC.


Watch the second episode of Truth Commission: Special Report, which focuses on these hearings of the TRC's Human Rights Violation (HRV) Committee, held in Heideveld in the Western Cape this week 20 years ago, between 22 and 25 April 1996.

Segments include cases of torture and death in detention; police brutality following the June 1976 uprising, the1985 Pollsmoor march and the attempted forced removals in 1986, Khayelitsha; and the tactic of framing activists as informers. 

Other segments include the killing of political suspects. Family members of SWAPO leader Anton Lubowski, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldier Anton Fransch and the Gugulethu Seven give testimony. We also hear testimonies from victims of APLA’s attack on the St James Church. A report on the ‘collective harm’ of the District Six forced removals in Cape Town is also included.


These topics all derive from the testimonies made this week 20 years ago. 

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