Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid, and Truth

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Verso, 2003 - Political Science - 385 pages
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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 

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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!

Contents

Introduction
1
A crime against humanity
7
The paper Auschwitz
9
The roots of a crime
19
The nerve centre of apartheid
27
Genesis of the secret projects
37
The Vorster years
55
Botha business and foreign friends
74
From culdesac to compromise
213
Planning the bloodiest decade
215
Foreign influence and hidden repression
222
The nature of the beast
228
Reform revolution and repression
238
The talking begins
250
The Namibian dress rehearsal
262
Serious talking begins
272

Operation Daisy
83
Special Branch larceny
95
Washington Moscow or Stockholm
104
End of the apartheid road
127
The model bantustan
129
The Cala connection
142
The trial of thePuflsa Five
157
The killing of Bathandwa Ndondo
168
The forgotten people
179
Hit squad horrors
192
The North Crest massacre
203
From the Berlin Wall to Codesa
279
The genesis of the TRC
285
A tale of three survivors
299
The poisonous past reaches into the TRC
316
Accusations and fightbacks
325
Vindication and afterthoughts
338
Endnote by Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza
346
Notes on sources
353
Select bibliography
361
Index
365
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About the author (2003)

Terry Bell is a Cape Town-based freelance writer, columnist and editor who was banned and in exile from South Africa for twenty-seven years.

Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza now practices as an advocate in Cape Town and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and History at the University of Connecticut.

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