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Title:The apartheid State and violence: what has the Truth and Reconciliation Commission found?
Author:Pigou, PiersISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
political repression
offences against human rights
commissions of inquiry
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589340120091664
Abstract:This article critically reviews the findings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) with particular focus on the involvement of the State and security forces in covert operations in the apartheid era. It discusses the extent to which the TRC has been able to verify that the apartheid State sanctioned a variety of illegal actions, such as murder, torture and abductions, as part of a broader counterinsurgency strategy. The article includes an overview of the connections that have been explored by the TRC between political and security decisionmaking structures and operations that resulted in gross human rights violations. It finally concludes that there are a range of unanswered questions with regard to the role of the 'Third Force' in the 1990s; the workings of intelligence structures; the level of State support for vigilantes; the strategy and tactics of the Inkatha Freedom Party; and the extent of covert involvement in external operations. Notes, ref., sum.