Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
30 Dec 2021
5:00 am

Part of Tutu’s legacy at stake if TRC prosecutions don’t commence

Bernadette Wicks

By choosing not to follow through on the TRC’s recommendations, government not only compromised the commission’s contribution to the process, but the process itself.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu casting his vote in May 2019. Picture: Esa Alexander/Sunday Times

As the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Archbishop Desmond Tutu spent more than two years listening to victims and perpetrators recount the horrors exacted in the name of apartheid. The toll it took on him was clear. On the second day, he broke down in tears while listening to by then wheelchair-bound Snqokwana Ernest Malgas describe his torture at the hands of the notorious Security Branch. In an interview years later, he was asked how he had managed to get through the hearings. He said prayer had sustained him – but described them as “terrible”. In 1998,...