NGO’s demand formal apology from DA
The IJR, together with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Khulumani Support Group, the Human Rights Media Centre, the Freedom of Expression Institute and the South African History Archives, has called on the Democratic Alliance to formally apologise for its role in closing off the presidential pardons process to members of the public, and in particular, victims of apartheid-era crimes.
This follows on a Sunday Times article by MP Dene Smuts criticising the special pardons process, which she argues is “destroying the moral basis on which we tried to place amnesty when we legislated the TRC into existence”.
Click here to read the original article by Dene Smuts
For more information on the position of the IJR and other NGO’s, visit the ICTJ website by clicking here.
For media coverage, follow the links below:
DA slammed over ‘secret’ pardons by Anna Majavu in the Sowetan
DA won’t apologise in pardons row by Franny Rabkin, I-Net