n Mousaion - A narrative of the archives / records of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Archival theory tells us that the records of any organisation can never be fully understood without an analysis of the mission and mandate of that organisation. Archival jargon calls this art of deconstruction 'functional analysis'. Also, archival theory, enunciated in the famous , dictates that the administrative history of any organisation is key not only to the intellectual control of documents but also to their contextual comprehension. With these concepts in mind this author seeks to discuss the records of the South African truth commission by first addressing the commission's mandate and history. By so doing the author hopes that a historical narrative of this body will provide a contextual understanding of South Africa's truth commission records.

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