When it comes to the TRC, I am very 2 minded. On the one hand, I think it gave 1000's of people a chance to declare their pain & helped people, communities & races forgive. How can that be a bad thing right? The other hand is best represented by that priest who said recently in the media (after another priest was murdered) that there must be justice before forgiveness. The justice portion was missing from the TRC, which has led to a new breed of "Apartheid wasn't that bad" coming to the fore from 1994 onwards. That breed is as responsible for the polarisation as JM, & part of the reason I sometimes defend JM, is because nothing is being done to curb the new right wing. & if the Visagie's & Hofmeyer's of the world have a platform to spew their shit, then I'm all for a counter balance on the left (for shit to be spewed from too). The comments on your link prove my point here. The problem with the TRC is that, it didn't go far enough in bringing the wrongdoers & victims together. They just scratched the surface of what went on during Apartheid & because of that there's a mentality that if that's all that happened in those years then Apartheid wasn't that bad. You had scapegoats taking the fall, nothing was really investigated for inconsistencies & so many people didn't trust the process enough to come forward. On balance, while there were aspects of the TRC process that were a success, it was outweighed by the areas of failure. I do agree with Bess, that if JM is to be silenced in SA, it will only happen when the right in this country are subjected to the same silence. But, as long as a blind eye is turned, JM will just grow in power.
29 mths ago