chapter  9
Technologies of truth and access to justice
Becoming an apartheid victim in contemporary South Africa
ByLiliane Umubyeyi
Pages 16

This chapter begins by briefly retracing the development of the Khulumani database as a means of challenging apartheid truths produced by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the context of the transition to democracy. It focuses on a different category of users of the database, specifically people claiming apartheid victim status. The chapter interrogates how South African citizens claiming apartheid victim status mobilize the Khulumani database to that end. It utilizes different cases of individuals who contested this apartheid truth through the use of the Khulumani database: African National Congress veterans, Worcester bombings victims, and people who deliberately refused to participate in the TRC victim sessions. The development of a database by Khulumani was part of an overall strategy for challenging the "truth" produced by the TRC on apartheid violence. In the late 1990s, after the prison sentencing of Worcester bombers, the South African government and the Shoprite supermarket chain refused to pay any significant compensation to bombing victims.