For All Victims by Antjie Krog

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In her poem ‘For All Voices, For All Victims,’ Antjie Krog expresses her conflicted feelings towards the past in general and the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in particular. The TRC was created by the newly elected Democratic Party to look at the details of the human violations that took place during the Apartheid era. The TRC did not only focus on the people who were violated during the Apartheid era but also looked at the people who designed, encourage and practice the Apartheid. The chairperson of the TRC was Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and it had three different committees aimed at hearing the testimonies from the victims, granting amnesty to perpetrators and suggesting reparations. In the poem both victims and perpetrators share their stories about violence suffering, oppression and it also highlights the changing countries. This essay is going to critical analyse the poem discussing how the hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC) provided South Africa with an opportunity to redefine their relationship to the past and to locate their place in the future. Firstly, this essay is going to discuss the speaker’s attitude towards the formation of the new South Africa and how the form of address has a relation on the speaker’s feelings. Secondly this essay is going to discuss the way in which the country is imagined plays a significant role in giving the South Africans with an opportunity to redefine their relationship to the past and

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