When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) handed its Final Report to then President Nelson Mandela in 2003, it also referred a list of several hundred cases to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for further investigation and prosecution. These cases involved incidents of gross human rights violations including murder, torture, enforced disappearance, kidnapping, and unlawful detention, in which no or only partial amnesty was granted by the Amnesty Committee of the TRC. The compact made with victims by the democratic government required that these cases be duly investigated and prosecuted. However, the process has been severely hampered due to political interference in the NPA. Recently, the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shamila Batohi, reassured victims and South Africans in general that her office was looking afresh into the TRC cases.
This website serves as a repository of information on the progress made in these cases. The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) will be continuously adding further apartheid-era crimes to this website, as-and-when they are ready for investigation. Initially, the focus will be on cases arising from the TRC process, but other apartheid-era cases may also be added. TRC cases that will shortly appear on our website include: