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Confronting the Past and Creating the Future: The Redemptive Value of Truth Telling

Lapsley, Michael
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Social Research 65(4)

South Africa is engaged in a process of healing from the damage done by apartheid. The interim Constitution calls for ubuntu or generosity of spirit rather than victimization and for reparation rather than retaliation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate human rights violations under apartheid and to promote national unity. The commission will make recommendations concerning reparations; 20,000 submissions have been received, as well as 7000 applications for amnesty.


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