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Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: the role of the faith communities

P G J Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 1 (2005), 146-173. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i1.217

Submitted: 02 October 2005
Published:  02 October 2005


Ten years after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission commenced with its work (1995), the author – using the statements made by representatives of the different faith communities in South Africa – analyses the role the communities played in the past: as agents of oppression, as victims of apartheid, as opponents of apartheid, as well as their role in the country’s transition to a new democratic society. Finally, the contribution of the faith communities in the process of reconciliation and nation building is discussed.

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P G J Meiring, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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