No coincidence so few post-TRC prosecutions have occurred, says Ntsebeza
IN THE face of the almost total dearth of post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) prosecutions, it was time to ask what kind of deals had been struck between the representatives of the old apartheid order and the representatives of the new, said the head of the TRC’s investigative unit, Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, on Thursday.The apparent impunity of those who were not granted or did not apply for amnesty at the TRC continues to rankle. Though the TRC recommended 300 cases for prosecution, there have been fewer than five prosecutions for apartheid-era political crimes in 20 years since the TRC wrapped up its work.On Tuesday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced one more. After a prolonged battle by the family of Nokuthula Simelane — which included two court cases — four men have been charged with her murder.Willem Coetzee, Msebenzi Radebe, Anton Pretorius and Frederick Mong will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on February 26.Ms Simelane was only 23 when she wa...
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