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Pastors or Lawyers? The Role of Religion in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Process

P.G.J. Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 1 | a543 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i1.543 | © 2002 P.G.J. Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 20 October 2002

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In  this  article, Piet Meiring who served as Committee Member on the TRC discusses the often disputed religious character of the Commission. Quoting examples from the TRC process he describes the debate that developed – on Archbishop Tutu’s religious way of handling the affairs of  the  Commission. Meiring discusses the TRC liturgy that was developed during the course of the process, as well as how important the role of religion proved to be in terms of three crucial issues: the process of remembering, the quest for truth, and the costliness of reconciliation.


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