Truth and prosecution
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.