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The commission held hearings at carefully selected areas requiring special attention.

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Hearings took place at significant focus areas and events where the commission felt individual attention such as the Bisho massacre was needed.

Amnesty Hearings

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Aliwal NorthThe commission sat for the amnesty application hearing submitted by former Azanian People's Liberation Army cadres for their involvement in shootings that left three people dead and many others injured in the Lady Grey/Zastron area in the early '90s.View All
BenoniThe commission hosted gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings in this area in 1997. Benoni is situated 30 kms east of Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province. View All
BloemfonteinThe commission sat for the hearing of gross human rights violations and amnesty applications from those concerned in this provincial capital of the Free State. View All
BoksburgFour Umkhonto Wesizwe cadres applied for amnesty for killing a Congress of South African Students (Cosas) leader based on suspicion that he was a police spy in 1988.View All
Cape TownThe commission hosted human rights violations and amnesty hearing in this city, also known as The Mother City or The Legislative Capital of South Africa, in the Western Cape province. View All
CarltonvilleThe commission sat for amnesty submissions from perpetrators during the month of August 1998. Carletonville is situated 75 kms west of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.View All
DurbanAmnesty applications and gross human rights violations were addressed in this KwaZulu Natal city in 1996. Cases ranged from murder, bomb blasts and attempted assassinations.View All
East LondonVarious parties ranging from churches to doctors, lawyers and businessmen gave testimonies to account for their roles in the apartheid conflict during amnesty and human rights violations hearings in this Eastern Cape town.View All
ErmeloThe commission held amnesty hearings, human rights violations and reparations workshops in this Mpumalanga town in 1997. View All
HammarsdaleThe commission addressed amnesty applications submitted by the IFP cadres who were trained in the Caprivi Strip. They committed crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and rape among others. View All
JohannesburgThe Gauteng capital, Johannesburg, hosted amnesty hearings, human rights violations hearings and reparation workshops during the month of April in 1996.View All
KimberleyThe commission hosted amnesty and human rights violations hearings in this Northern Cape capital, in the Karoo region in June 1996. The commission heard tales of disappearances of people in exile, torture and deaths in detention and even Inkatha Freedom Party sponsored violence in mining settlements in the outlying areas of the province. View All
KlerksdorpHuman rights violations and amnesty hearings were addressed in this North West town in September 1996. Some of the cases heard was that of Puleng Dithejane whose sister was killed by the police during the unrest in Tswelellang township.View All
KroonstadAs part of the amnesty hearings in Kroonstad, Free Sate, the amnesty committee heard pleas from amnesty applicants seeking forgiveness for various deeds they committed.View All
MabopaneAmnesty and human rights violations were held in this Gauteng township near Pretoria in April 1997. View All
MessinaHuman rights violations hearings and amnesty applications were addressed in this town of the Limpopo province in April 1997. During human rights violations, the commission heard victims' tales of torture for their political views, activities and affiliations .View All
MiddelburgThis town in the Mpumalanga province hosted the TRC for gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings during the month of June 1997 where applicants and victims related their life stories during the chaotic apartheid years. View All
MmabathoSituated in the North West province, this former provincial capital hosted both amnesty and gross human rights violations in July 1996 where the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said the commissioners were amazed at how easily the victims were willing to forgive.View All
NelspruitHeld in September 1996 at the Van Riebeeck Park hall, the hearing addressed issues of human rights violations and amnesty submissions at this Mpumalanga provincial capital.View All
Palm RidgeThis was one of two amnesty hearing panels in the Johannesburg (Gauteng province) area held in November '98. The other panel sat in Vosloorus. These amnesty applications were submitted by former Thokoza and Katlehong Self Defence Unit (SDU). View All
PhokengThis sitting was specifically to address amnesty applications in this area of the North West West province in May 1996. Phokeng is a clan name of the royal Bafokeng clan.View All
PietermaritzburgThe commission held amnesty and human rights violations hearings in this KwaZulu Natal capital city in 1996. The city currently houses the provincial KwaZulu Natal legislature.View All
PietersburgThe TRC hosted amnesty hearings, human rights violations hearings and reparations workshops for two days - June 17 and 18, 1996. This city has since been renamed Polokwane, a capital of the Limpopo province. View All
PinetownThe commission hosted amnesty hearings in this KwaZulu Natal city, situated 20 kms west of Durban in '96, '97 and '98. View All
Port ElizabethThe commission descended on this Eastern Cape Town town in June 1996 to sit for gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings respectively. View All
PotchefstroomThe commission sat to address amnesty applications in this town of the North West province. Also known as just Potch, the town is situated 140 kms from the provincial capital Mafikeng.View All
PretoriaThis city is deemed South Africa's administrative capital or affectionately known as Jacaranda City held amnesty hearings, human rights violations hearings and reparations workshops between 1996 and 2001. Pretoria is in the Gauteng province, located 61 kms from Johannesburg. View All
Richards BayThe TRC amnesty committee heard how the tension between the IFP and ANC led to a prolonged bloodbath which left scores of people dead, many injured in a spate of random killings in this northern KwaZulu Natal town.View All
SebokengThe commission held human rights violations hearings, amnesty hearings and reparations workshops in this area, situated 60 kms south of Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province. View All
ThohoyandouThe commission held amnesty hearings in this town of Limpopo province, between June 1999 and May 2000. The commission dealt with a considerable load of submissions from this area.View All
TzaneenThe TRC hosted gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings in this small town of the Limpopo, the northernmost province of South Africa.View All
UmtataThe commission heard cases of gross human rights violations and addressed amnesty applications in this small town of the Eastern Cape province.View All
VanderbijlparkThe commission addressed amnesty submissions in this area situated south of the Gauteng province. The applicants included those who were involved in the infamous Boipatong Massacre.View All
VereenigingAlso an amnesty hearing, the commission addressed yet again submissions from those involved in the Boipatong Massacre. Vereeniging is situated not far from Vanderbijlpark and also forms part of the Vaal Triangle, south of the Gauteng province.View All
VosloorusThe TRC sat to address amnesty applications in this small township of Boksburg, in the East Rand, Gauteng province. It was a one-day sitting on the 24th of November 1998.View All
WelkomThe commission held gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings in this city of the Free State province. It is located 160 kms from Bloemfontein, the province's capital. View All
White RiverThe amnesty committee sat to address applications submitted by, among others, General Siphiwe Nyanda, an African National Congress official who was part of Umkhonto weSizwe, a military wing of the ANC.View All
WitbankThe commission held human rights and amnesty hearings between 1997 and 2000 in this city also known as Emalahleni (place of coal) in the Mpumalanga province.View All
 
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