Tim Gregory on Fri, 30 Apr 1999 18:34:04 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> South Africa - free the TRC !

Regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa) -

"... a commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come
to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the
cause of reconciliation." 

Mr Dullah Omar, Minister of Justice

Truth Commission webmaster Steve Crawford has started a petition to stop
Juta publishers making a killing out of the TRC.

Juta are trying to flog the printed version of the report for R 750
(~$124), a CD-Rom version, produced by Jutastat, for R 750 and a one-year
internet subscription for ......  R750. And this is "the report that today
becomes the property of our nation". 

The M&G reports today that one of the first petitioners to sign summed up
the issue: "The TRC report is the collective memory of a nation. It is
part of history and history means nothing if it is not accessible to all.
There is no price to history and selective memory - which the TRC fought
against - is to be fought against in every possible way. Charging R750 is
encouraging selective memory" 

Not surprising since the petitioner, Lucie Page, is the wife of
communications chief Jay Naidoo. 

Please take 2 mins to sign up. 


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