Truth and pros­e­cu­tion

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WHAT HAP­PENED| THREE SE­CU­RITY PO­LICE­MEN have been in­formed by the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity that they are to be pros­e­cuted be­cause of al­leged apartheid crimes – the first prose­cu­tions since the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion’s ef­forts to fol­low a path of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion rather than ret­ri­bu­tion. The pros­e­cu­tion is con­nected with at­tempts to poi­son the Rev­erend Frank Chikane, cur­rently di­rec­tor-gen­eral in the Pres­i­dency, in 1989.

WHAT THE OTH­ERS SAID BEELD says that the is­sue of pros­e­cu­tion for apartheid crimes is po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive, be­cause some feel the pros­e­cu­tion should take place to bring the TRC process to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion, while oth­ers (like Chikane him­self) said this would in fact rule out rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. How­ever, against the back­ground of the enor­mous cur­rent wave of crime, it would be very sur­pris­ing if such old cases led to pros­e­cu­tion, Beeld says.

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