n South African Journal on Human Rights - Post TRC Prosecutions in South Africa : Accountability for Political Crimes after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Amnesty Process, Ole Bubenzer : book review

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



The amnesty process carried out as part of the mandate of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was premised on the fact that those who were not granted amnesty would be prosecuted. The question of post-TRC prosecution therefore has a strong impact on the legitimacy of the TRC process. This sentiment was expressed by President Mandela who upon the occasion of the tabling of the TRC Report in Parliament in February 1999 stated that 'accountability does need to be established and where evidence exists of a serious crime, prosecution should be instituted within a fixed time frame'.

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