n HTS : Theological Studies - Pastors or Lawyers? The Role of Religion in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Process

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



In this article, Piet Meiring who served as Committee Member on the TRC discusses the often disputed religious character of the Commission. Quoting examples from the TRC process he describes the debate that developed - on Archbishop Tutu's religious way of handling the affairs of the Commission. Meiring discusses the TRC liturgy that was developed during the course of the process, as well as how important the role of religion proved to be in terms of three crucial issues: the process of remembering, the quest for truth, and the costliness of reconciliation.

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