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Law Guide: Reconciliation & Rights

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Human Rights in South Africa

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Bill of Rights: section 2 of the 1996 Constitution

Labour & Employment rights

Trade unions and employers’ organisations may form bargaining councils.  Bargaining councils deal with collective agreements, solve labour disputes, establish various schemes and make proposals on labour policies and laws.

Truth & Reconciliation

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Political crimes and offenses -- South Africa
Restorative justice -- South Africa
Truth commissions -- South Africa

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was not a court as such but a different kind of forum set up to deal with political crimes committed during apartheid. The Amnesty Committee had the power to grant amnesty (which means the perpetrator cannot be prosecuted) for politically motivated crimes fully and truthfully confessed, under certain conditions. The Human Rights Violation Committee decided on acts which constituted violations of human rights, based on statements made to the TRC. Once victims of gross human rights violations are identified, they were referred to the Reparation and Rehabilitation Committee, which decides on how to compensate victims. The work of the TRC is almost complete. Those who were not granted amnesty by the TRC for crimes committed during apartheid can be prosecuted.

Texts on topic

The Bill of Rights Handbook

Currie, Iain.; De Waal, Johan

2013

Short Loan Level 5 - 342.68085 CUR

The protection of human rights in South Africa: a legal and practical guide

Mubangizi, John C.

2004
Short Loan Level 5 - 41.6848 MUB

Other sources of information

South African History online

Free resource. "South African History Online (SAHO) is the largest independent non-partisan peoples’ history project in the country. It was established in June 2000, as a non-profit Section 21 organization, with the aim to address the biased manner in which the history and cultural heritage of South Africa (and Africa) has been represented in our educational and cultural institutions."