Figures tabled by the Amnesty Committee in its monthly report to today's Commission meeting indicated that another 1,387 applicants still need to be heard at public hearings. In addition, 521 applications still have to be dealt with in Chambers.
The Committee said its objective was to finish its work as quickly as possible and to do everything within its power to expedite the process, but that it was highly unlikely it would complete its work before its deadline of June 30.
The Commission recognised that while efforts to complete the Amnesty Committee's work need to be intensified, it will not complete its work. We have accordingly resolved to begin discussions involving the Commission's leadership and the Amnesty Committee on options for completing the amnesty process. The proposals will also be discussed with the Ministry of Justice.
In preliminary discussions today, two tentative options were raised:
A TRC survey of amnesty applications still to be dealt with indicates that a number of major hearings, including those of high-profile applicants who served the former Government, the ANC and the PAC, still have to be conducted.
The results of this survey, published for the first time today, indicate that hearings will cover a wide range of activities not previously disclosed by the Commission as being the subject of amnesty applications. For example, applications not previously announced by the Commission concern:
Community members acting in the name of liberation movements:
The right wing:
The survey of amnesty applications was carried out last year in an effort to assess the type of information which is available to the Commission in amnesty applications. It was based on a perusal of:-
In line with the provisions of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, and with its normal practice, the TRC will not disclose further details of the abovementioned amnesty applications before they are heard. Details of individual applications, including the names of applicants, can be released only when hearings commence or by special resolution of the Commission.