Browsing Category Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

321 pp., paperback, Cambridge, 2008. R180
International and South African scholars assess the various transitional processes under way in South Africa since the early 1990s. The work of the TRC is viewed within a broader context that involved other responses, such as land restitution, institutional reform and social and cultural initiatives.

Contributions include "Land Restitution and Reconciliation in South Africa" by Theunis Roux,
"Radical Forgiveness: transforming traumatic memory beyond Hannah Arendt" by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela,
"The Contributions of Criminal Justice" by Volker Nerlich,
"For Justice and Reconciliation to Come: the TRC archive, big business and the demand for material reparations" by Jaco Barnard-Naudé,
"Drawing the Line: justice and the art of reconciliation" by Carrol Clarkson,
"Transition, Forgiveness and Citizenship: the TRC and the social construction of forgiveness" Stéphane Leman-Langlois and Clifford Sheaing, and
"The Evolving Legitimacy of the South African Constitutional Court" by James Gibson.

François du Bois is an associate professor and reader in private law at the University of Nottingham.
Antje du Bois-Pedain is a lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge.
Foster (D.), Haupt (P.) & de Beer (M.) THE THEATRE OF VIOLENCE, narratives of protagonists in the South African conflict
364 pp., paperback, Cape Town & Oxford, 2005. R200
Drawing from the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and from other writings, this book documents and examines testimony from some of those who acknowledge having committed acts of violence during the apartheid era.

Foreword by Charles Villa-Vicencio.
Krog (A.) CONDITIONAL TENSE, memory and vocabulary after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
334pp., hardback, d.w., London, 2013. R595
A collection of essays that explore a variety of South African texts in an attempt "to move South Africa beyond the present moment and into a vocabulary of grace and care." from the inside front cover

Chapters include:
"Ways of Knowing Mrs Konile: TRC and the problem of translation"
"‘This Thing Called Reconciliation’: Forgiveness as part of an interconnectedness-towards-wholeness"
"The Letters in the Body: manifestations of interconnectedness and an indigenous humanism"
"Suske en Wiske: sequential comic panels and the iconization of Nelson Mandela".

Poet, writer, journalist and academic Antjie Krog's books include Country of My Skull, A Change of Tongue and Begging to Be Black.
312 pp., paperback, Reprint, Johanneburg, (1998) 2004. R175
This book on the work of the TRC won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, the BookData/South African Booksellers' Book of the Year Prize, the Hiroshima Foundation Award and the Olive Schreiner Award for best prose work published in South Africa between 1998 and 2000.

Award-winning poet and author Antjie Krog, under the name of Antjie Samuel, worked for SABC radio reporting on the TRC proceedings. Her and her team received the Pringle Award for excellence in journalism. She also won the Foreign Correspondents' Award for outstanding journalism for her Mail & Guardian articles on the TRC.
Krog (A.), Mpolweni (N.) & Ratele (K.) THERE WAS THIS GOAT, investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile
235 pp., colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R170
Notrose Nobomvu Konile, the mother of Zabonke Konile, one of the Guguletu Seven killed by the police in 1986, testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996. Antjie Krog, reporting as a journalist at the time, was stuck by the seeming incoherence of the testimony. In 2004 she began working with Nosisi Mpolweni and Kopano Ratele to more closely investigate Mrs Konile's words.

"This book may prove to be one of the most significant texts of its time. What Antjie Krog, Nosisi Mpolweni and Kopano Ratele have accomplished here speaks to questions of identity, difference and representation in ways that have not been heard before." Duncan Brown

Antjie Krog is a poet, journalist and extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape.
Nosisi Mpolweni is a lecturer in the Xhosa Department at the University of the Western Cape.
Kopano Ratele is a professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa.
Payne (L.A.) UNSETTLING ACCOUNTS, neither truth nor reconciliation in confessions of state violence
374 pp., paperback, Durham, 2008. R250
Leigh Payne draws on interviews, unedited television film, newspaper archives and books written by perpetrators to analyse their confessions to acts of authoritarian state violence in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and South Africa.

Liegh Payne is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Posel (D.) & SImpson (G.) eds. COMMISSIONING THE PAST, understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
256 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, (2002) 2003. R240
Papers from a conference which took place in June 1999, jointly organised by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the University of the Witwatersrand's History Workshop. Its aim was to create a multidisciplinary forum for evaluating the TRC. Includes insider accounts and victims' stories from the TRC process, as well as outsider assessments of the TRC's activities.
Contributions include "Researching the 'Truth': a view from inside the Truth and Reconciliation Commission" by Janet Cherry, John Daniel and Madeleine Fullard,
"False Promises and Wasted Opportunites?: insude South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission" and "The Murder of Sicelo Dlomo" by Piers Pigou,
"Nothing but the Truth: the ordeal of Duma Khumalo" by Mtutuzeli Matshoba,
"The TRC Report: what kind of history? what kind of truth?" by Deborah Posel,
"'Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victories': a brief evaluation of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission" by Graeme Simpson, and more.
Sanders (M.) AMBIGUITIES OF WITNESSING, law and literature in the time of a truth commission
257 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007. R220
Mark Sanders analyses key individual testimonies to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, discusses "the nature of the literary and its relation to the legal, the political, and the ethical", and investigates questions of human rights, mourning, forgiveness and reparation.

Mark Sanders is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of "Complicities: the intellectual and apartheid", published in 2002.
Sitze (A.) THE IMPOSSIBLE MACHINE, a genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
380pp., paperback, Reprint, Ann Arbor, (2013) 2016. R695
Adam Sitze traces the origins of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission back to two instruments of colonial and imperial governance: the jurisprudence of indemnity and the Commission of Inquiry.

"Beautifully written and engaging to read...the book will be a significant contribution to the corpus of political, legal and philosophical work on transitional justice and postcolonial justice more generally, will have a wide audience and is likely to reshape the field of transitional and postcolonial justice studies." Fiona Ross, University of Cape Town

Adam Sitze is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, USA.
Sriram (C.L.) & Pillay (S.) eds. PEACE VS JUSTICE?, The dilemma of transitional justice in Africa
373 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R245
This book examines the challenges and prospects of promoting both peace and accountability, especially in African countries affected by conflict or political violence.

Contributions include "The Politics of Transitional Justice" by Yasmin Louise Sooka,
"Inclusive Justice: the limitations of trial justice and truth commissions" by Charles Villa-Vicencio,
"Gender and Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: comparative reflections" by Sheila Meintjes,
"South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission from a Global Perspective" by Alex Boraine, and
"The Politics of Peace, Justice and Healing in Post-war Mozambique: 'practices of rupture' by Magamba spirits and healers in Gorongosa" by Victor Igreja.

Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of Human Rights at the School of Law, University of East London, and Chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section.
Suren Pillay is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape and a Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance programme of the Human Sciences Research Council.
Taylor (J.) UBU AND THE TRUTH COMMISSION, from the production by William Kentridge and The Handspring Puppet Company
73 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1998) 2007. R255
Includes the full playscript and a writer's note by Jane Taylor, a director's note by William Kentridge and a puppeteers' note by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler as well as a selection of photographs of the production, drawings for animation and archival images.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission SOUTH AFRICA'S HUMAN SPIRIT, an oral memoir of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
6 CDs, approx. 6 hrs running time, boxed + 33 pp., colour illus., booklet , Johannesburg, 2000. R750
SABC, the national public broadcaster, covered South Africa's Truth Commission from its first public hearing at East London in April 1996 until the day the Commissioner's report was handed over to President Mandela. It carried live broadcasts of the hearings, and put together special teams of journalists to report on the TRC for both radio and TV. These journalists won the Pringle Award for outstanding journalism from the SA Union of Journalists, an honour they shared with their SABC TV "Special Report" colleagues. This set of 6 CDs is a selection of these reports. While some reports have been incorporated as they were broadcast, large parts have been scripted and recorded afresh in an attempt to provide some context. Also includes assessments by some of the commissioners.

Volume 1: Bones of Memory, experiences and memories lay bare the pain and bravery of apartheid's victims, approx. 65 minutes
Volume 2: Slices of Life, the imprisonment under apartheid of all South Africans - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, approx. 70 minutes
Volume 3: Worlds of Licence, self-confessed violators of human rights from across South Africa's political landscape, approx. 105 minutes
Volume 4: Portraits of Truth, former Vlakplaas askari Joe Mamasela and former liberation icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as enigmas, approx 49 minutes
Volume 5: Windows of history, reflective self-analytical flashbacks keep open rather than close the doors of the Truth Commission, approx. 69 minutes

Also includes a 33 pp. booklet that introduces the CD set and includes a brief guide to the TRC.

Verwoerd (W.) & Mabizela (M.) comps. TRUTHS DRAWN IN JEST, commentary on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission through cartoons
161 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2000. R160
Contributions include "Life and Times of the TRC" by Antjie Krog, Wilhelm Verwoerd & Mahlubi "Chief" Mabizela,
"My Concerns about the TRC" & "Botha was a Butcher" by Sandile Dikeni,
"TRC Cartoons and the Afrikaner Community" by Willie Esterhuyse,
"Eugene de Kock and Symbols of Blood and Dirt" by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela,
and an interview with Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro) by Wilhelm Verwoerd and Mahlubi Mabizela.

Wilhelm Verwoerd is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch.
Mahlubi "Chief" Mabizela is a researcher at the Education Policy Unit, University of the Western Cape. He was a researcher for the TRC.

Villa-Vicencio (C.) & Verwoerd (W.) LOOKING BACK REACHING FORWARD, reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa
322 pp., paperback, Cape Town & London, 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Foreword by Richard Goldstone.
Contributions include "Restorative Justice: dealing with the past differently" and "Getting On With Life: a move towards reconciliation" by Charles Villa-Vicencio,
"Making Moral Judgements" by Mary Burton,
""When the Assassin Cries Foul: the modern Just War doctrine" by Kader Asmal, Louise Asmal and Ronald Suresh Roberts,
"Towards the Recognition of Our Past Injustices" by Wilhelm Verwoerd,
"What Makes a Perpetrator? An attempt to understand" by Don Foster,
"Reparation Delayed is Healing Retarded" by Wendy Orr,
"National Reconciliation: holy grail or secular pact?" by Jakes Gerwel, and more.