chapter  10
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Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the New South Africa


South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established by President Nelson Mandela in 1995 to deal with the crimes of the apartheid era. One of the most scrutinized phenomena in Africa’s political history, the TRC attempted to come to terms with South Africa’s racist past and has helped with confl ict-resolving initiatives around the world. Responsible for post-civil war commissions in Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, South Africa’s well-televised public confessional indicted the apartheid system for preying on its non-White citizens on the basis of color and ethnic identity,1 and helped re-create a country whose new constitution is now, according to the historian Allister Sparks, “perhaps the most progressive in the world.”2