The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

590 WordsFeb 21, 20182 Pages
The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also known as the TRC, was formed to help the nation deal with the horrific events that occurred under apartheid. It served many purposes including: to allow individuals to find out the truth of crimes committed during the time period, grant amnesty from the government for individuals who confessed the whole truth, and to allow the country as a whole to reconcile and forgive all who contributed to apartheid. These TRC trials were aired nationwide on television. It created a safe ground for citizens to voice the accounts of violence unleashed on them by the government and an opportunity for perpetrators to come forward. The reconciliation of South Africa was achieved by the formalized process of the TRC, with the goal of restoration. The Gugulethu trial is a prime example of how forgiveness among individuals may be possible. As seen in the courtroom screening scene of the hysterical mothers of the victims, these trials could be very emotional for the families of the victims. Seven young men accused of being hostile “terrorists” were gunned down by police officers. The explanation for the orders for shooting the young men were because they appeared as threats to police as they attempted to arrest the men. When Mbelo confronts the families, the mother’s of the seven men initially reject his apology. However by the end of the confrontation, one of the victim’s son tells Mbelo that he forgives him. Christopher Mxinwa’s
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