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Post Aparteid South Africa’s Democratic Transformation Process: Redress of the Past, Reconciliation and ‘Unity in Diversity’

Henrard, Kristin
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Global Review of Ethnopolitics. 1(3): 18-38.

Kristin Henrard notes that most of the discussion of reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). However, states Henrard, a good understanding of the issues of reconciliation and transformation in South Africa requires a broader approach. Reconciliation involves not only telling the truth about the past, but also requires reparation for material and other forms of loss and harm, and the restoration of a human community imbued with respect for human rights and democracy. With all of this in mind, Henrard discusses in this paper the constitutional negotiation process, as well as ways in which the themes of redress of the past, overcoming the legacy of apartheid, and nation-building figured into the process of transformation in South Africa.


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