Welcome to the official Truth and Reconciliation Commission Website

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid. The conflict during this period resulted in violence and human rights abuses from all sides. No section of society escaped these abuses. 

The TRC was based on the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, No 34 of 1995 (pdf)

"... a commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation."
Mr Dullah Omar, former Minister of Justice

The TRC effected its mandate through 3 committees: the Amnesty Committee, Reparation and Rehabilitation (R&R) Committee and Human Rights Violations (HRV) Committee....more 

The Register of Reconciliation gave members of the public a chance to express their regret at failing to prevent human rights violations and to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation...more

Regulations relating to Assistance to Victims in respect of Higher Education and Training: Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, 1995, GG 38157, RG 10305, Vol 593, R 852 & R 853 (Afr), 03 Nov 2014.

TRC Assistance Closing Date and FormsAnnual call for applications: Education assistance for the TRC-identified victims of apartheid

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development calls on TRC-identified victims of Apartheid that were declared as such by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to apply for assistance with tuition fees for basic and higher education and training.

Closing date for applications are 30 September each year.

Who qualifies for assistance?
A person declared a victim by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); and/or their dependants or relatives.A dependant includes any person to whom the TRC-identified victim has or had a legal or customary duty to support, which would include children, grandchildren and the spouse of the identified victim.

Follow this link to view more information and and the forms.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this website is presented as compliled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Therefore the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development doesn’t take responsibility for the accuracy of the contents of this website.