Fonds AL3130 - ANC Submission to the TRC

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ANC Submission to the TRC


  • 1996 - 1997 (Accumulation)

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0.1 linear metre (1 archival box) containing 3 bound volumes, supplementary material

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The Collection comprises submissions and statements which the African National Congress (ANC) presented to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) at two sets of hearings: the Armed Forces Hearing and the Political Parties Hearing.

This phenomenon is to be understood against the background that the ANC, while still a political party that was to contest the first democratic elections of 1994, had actively campaigned for provisions for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be included in the Interim Constitution of 1993.

It did so in the conviction that such a commission would contribute to the healing of a society traumatized by Apartheid in order for it to deal with the promotion of societal justice for the emerging post-Apartheid democracy.

The ANC's submissions and appearance before the TRC were unique in that the former liberation movement took collective responsibility for violations of human rights and dealt openly with all questions set by the TRC.

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Materials collected from TRC Archival Audit.

The TRC Archival Audit

Between 2003 and 2006, SAHA and Historical Papers, University of Witwatersrand embarked on a project to locate, retrieve and make available records relating to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). The project entailed conducting an archival audit of all existing TRC records in order to identify and locate documentation in danger of being lost.

In the process of conducting the archival audit, SAHA and HP located many collections from individuals and organizations that participated in the TRC process, including this collection. Selections from these materials as well as TRC related material found in the freedom of Information Collection and other pre-existing SAHA and HP collections, were digitized and can be accessed online at

A guide to archival resources relating to South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission can also be found at

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