Truth & reconciliation in South Africa, revisited

Whose Century Is It?
Scene in Elsie's River, one of the Cape Flats communities on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa

Scene in Elsie's River, one of the Cape Flats communities on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa

Mary Kay Magistad

Healing deep social wounds takes time, even with active effort. South Africa's Truth & Reconciliation Commission was one such effort, allowing all South Africans to hear from victims and perpetrators, about what they'd done and what had been done to them during the apartheid era.  Its open, honest, healing nature inspired other nations coming out of their own violent chapters to try similar processes. Twenty years later, South Africa's experience shows what's possible, and what's hard, in moving a divided society toward a unified future.