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South Africa. Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Her new book is A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness. It's about Eugene de Kock, the commanding officer of state-sanctioned apartheid death squads. Gobodo-Madikizela served as a psychologist on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and she spent many hours interviewing de Kock in prison, where he is serving a 212-year sentence for crimes against humanity. The book raises questions about the nature of evil and the limits of forgiveness.


Desmond Tutu Discusses South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Desmond Tutu. He is currently a visiting professor at Emory University in Atlanta. He's written a new book about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission which he was Chairman of: "No Future Without Forgiveness" (Doubleday).


South Africa Seeks Peace in Truth and Reconciliation

Priscilla Hayner, a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, New School for Social Research, has been studying truth commissions. She is the author of numerous articles on the subject and is now working to complete a book. She will discuss the importance of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


A White South African Confesses to His Pro-Apartheid Actions

Author Mark Behr talks about his experience spying on his peers as a college student for the South African government and his subsequent public confession of his actions. His novel "The Smell of Apples" (Picador USA) is the story of a young boy growing up in South Africa at the time of apartheid and it explains how a person could be convinced that apartheid is a morally legitimate form of government.


South Africa's Efforts Toward Truth and Reconciliation

South African journalist Allister Sparks has written about secret negotiations that started in 1986 between South African leaders and then-jailed political prisoner Nelson Mandela. The meetings ultimately led to the dismantling of Apartheid. Sparks' new book is Tomorrow is Another Country. He served as South African Correspondent for The Observer and for The Washington Post from 1981-1992. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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