The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has added its voice to a coalition of civil society organisations calling for a revision of the presidential pardon process to address politically motivated crimes.
SAHRC chairperson, Jody Kollapen, says that if a special mechanism is set up to complete the unfinished business of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), that mechanism should follow the philosophy and architecture of the TRC.
Kollapen says one of the big differences between the TRC and the pardons process is that “central to the TRC process was victim participation.”
Meanwhile, the coalition, which includes the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, the Khulumani Support Group and the Freedom of Expression Institute, has threatened legal action against president Kgalema Motlanthe should he grant presidential pardons for apartheid-era crimes.
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