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Key Players of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of South Africa

Men and women with diverse relationships to apartheid and its effects led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission tribunal.  Blacks and whites from varying perspectives worked alongside one another to execute the mandate of justice identified by the commission.


PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA

Throughout his celebrated presidency from 1994 to 1999, Nelson Mandela carried a message of forgiveness and reconciliation, which authorized and set the tone for the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Nelson Mandela


ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU

Selected by President Mandela to investigate the crimes committed during the apartheid regime, Archbishop Desmond Tutu served as the chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“To forgive is not just to be altruistic, it is the best form of self-interest.”


Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners

Alex Boraine, Deputy Chair
Bongani Finca
Chris de Jager
Denzil Potgieter
Dumisa Ntsebeza
Faizel Randera
Glenda Wildschut
Hlengiwe Mkhize
Khoza Mgojo
Mapule Ramashala
Mary Burton
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Richard Lyster
Sisi Khampepe
Wendy Orr
Wynand Malan
Yasmin Sooka

Nelson Mandela