Human Rights Violations (HRV) Committee

The task of the HRV Committee was to investigate human rights abuses that took place between 1960 and 1994, based on statements made to the TRC. The Committee established the identity of the victims, their fate or present whereabouts, and the nature and extent of the harm they have suffered; and whether the violations were the result of deliberate planning by the state or any other organisation, group or individual. Once victims of gross human rights violations are identified, they are referred to the Reparation and Rehabilitation Committee.

Read transcripts of Event and Victim Hearings and submissions from political parties and other organisations.

Reparation and Rehabilitation (R&R) Committee


The enabling act empowered the R&R Committee to provide victim support to ensure that the Truth Commission process restores victims' dignity; and to formulate policy proposals and recommendations on rehabilitation and healing of survivors, their families and communities at large. The envisaged overall function of all recommendations is to ensure non repetition, healing and healthy co-existence. A President's Fund, funded by Parliament and private contributions, has been established to pay urgent interim reparation to victims in terms of the regulations prescribed by the President.

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Amnesty Committee(AC)

The primary function of the AC is to consider that applications for amnesty were done in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Applicants could apply for amnesty for any act, omission or offence associated with a political objective committed between 1 March 1960 to 6 December 1993. The cut-off date was later extended to 11 May 1994. The final date for the submission of applications was 30 September 1997. Being granted amnesty for an act means that the perpetrator is free from prosecution for that particular act.

Read transcripts of Amnesty Hearings and Decisions.