Source: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. 21 October 2002

Graeme Simpson focuses on the challenges facing South Africa in building sustainable reconciliation after the operations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He argues that it is simplistic to describe South Africa as a “post-conflict��? society in the wake of the TRC, the political settlements, and democratic elections. The real challenge to the establishment of enduring reconciliation lies in grappling with the changing patterns of violence and social conflict in the new South Africa, particularly in view of the cross-over between political and criminal violence. Thus, Simpson points to some of the limitations of the TRC as a restorative justice mechanism. Rather than fulfilling an achievable goal, the TRC has only begun a process that still faces a range of unresolved challenges.