chapter  3
Vital Records: The Importance of National Archives and Records Administrations in Sierra Leone
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The custody of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (SA TRC) records, the National Archives of South Africa experienced many problems in preserving them and making them accessible to the public. The South African case is not any different. The staffing and funding problem in the National Archives of South Africa adversely affected the arrangement and description of SA TRC records. Laws alone are not enough to ensure the implementation of decisions. Without political will, even good intentions well captured by legislation become meaningless. The National Archives of South Africa has experienced a range of problems in preserving and making accessible TRC records. These problems have included a backlog of unprocessed records, resource constraints, poor logistics, anti-access apartheid laws, the problem of secrecy and a lack of political will on the part of the government to see to it that TRC records were made widely available.