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Leadership for reconciliation: A Truth and Reconciliation Commission perspective

P. G. J. Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 23, No 3 (2002), 719-735. doi: 10.4102/ve.v23i3.1235

Submitted: 07 August 2002
Published:  07 August 2002


As important as the need for authentic leadership in the fields of politics, economy and education in Africa may be, the continent is also in dire need of leadership for reconciliation. Against the backdrop of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the author – who served on the Commission – discusses five characteristics of leaders for reconciliation. Leaders need to be: leaders with a clear understanding of the issues at stake; leaders with respect for the truth; leaders with a sense of justice; leaders with a comprehension of the dynamics of forgiveness; and leaders with a firm commitment. The insights and experiences of both the chairperson of the TRC, Desmond Tutu, and the deputy chair, Alex Boraine, form the backbone of the article.

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P. G. J. Meiring, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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