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About Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo, born in South Africa, lived in England from the age of 12, and is the author of an acclaimed family memoir Every Secret Thing (1997). Her novel Red Dust is an account of the Truth Commission.

Articles by Gillian Slovo

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Making history: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Can society’s need for healing override the search for justice? The apartheid system that murdered Gillian Slovo’s mother faced its crimes not in a courtroom, but in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing. In making her experience part of South Africa’s search for the truth of its past, she explains how the country’s innovative TRC helped reconcile it to its devastating wounds.

Leaving aside the huge policy issues involved for any nation emerging from dictatorship, emotional barriers also have to be overcome.

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