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.