Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid, and Truth
Many people, both in South Africa and abroad, hoped that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 1996 would uncover the hidden history of South Africa's apartheid past. It is a widely propagated myth that it did so. In fact, most of the thirty-three-year mandate of the Commission was ignored. Behind a facade of time constraints and managerial short comings, some intended investigations never proceeded, others were bungled. Most importantly, no serious examination was made of the system that gave rise to some of the most horrific, racist social engineering of modern times.
Unfinished Business pulls back the curtain on the 'political miracle' of the new South Africa to reveal some of the real stories in its past: how the Afrikaner Broederbond operated, the murderous activities of the South African security forces in Transkei, the citation of De Klerk as a defendant in a civil action for murder at exactly the moment he was traveling to Oslo to collect a Nobel peace prize, and many others.
Seeking to probe where the Commission failed or feared to tread, this books asks how long South Africa's miracle might be expected to last.
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Terry - you obviously did not know or ever interview my father Piet de Waal - he was never a broederbonder.
Get your facts together "old boy" before you publish information!Meyer de Waal
A beautiful and holistic revelation. Apartheid thrives under the guise of the "rainbow nation"; the old guard controls this country to this day...driven by the very prejudices that enabled apartheid. Good job Terry!
A crime against humanity
The paper Auschwitz
The roots of a crime
The nerve centre of apartheid
Genesis of the secret projects
The Vorster years
Botha business and foreign friends
From culdesac to compromise
Planning the bloodiest decade
Foreign influence and hidden repression
The nature of the beast
Reform revolution and repression
The talking begins
The Namibian dress rehearsal
Serious talking begins
Special Branch larceny
Washington Moscow or Stockholm
End of the apartheid road
The model bantustan
The Cala connection
The trial of thePuflsa Five
The killing of Bathandwa Ndondo
The forgotten people
Hit squad horrors
The North Crest massacre
From the Berlin Wall to Codesa
The genesis of the TRC
A tale of three survivors
The poisonous past reaches into the TRC
Accusations and fightbacks
Vindication and afterthoughts
Endnote by Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza
Notes on sources