south africa’s human spirit

an oral memoir of the truth and reconciliation commission

main page
production scripts
   bones of memory
   slices of life
   worlds of licence
   (2 discs)
   portraits of truth
   windows of history


SABC News launched south africa’s human spirit – an oral memoir of the truth and reconciliation commission in Johannesburg on 13 April 2000 to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Truth Commission’s first public hearing into gross human rights violations. The estimated 300 guests included survivors of gross human rights abuses, successful amnesty applicants, Truth Commissioners, ambassadors, politicians, lawyers, human rights activists, academics, publishers, retailers and the media. Thulasizwe Nkabinde and the SABC Choristers welcomed everyone in voice and song. The master of ceremonies was radio talk-show host Tim Modise. south africa’s human spirit co-producer Angie Kapelianis introduced the six-part CD collection and a five-minute sound collage compiled by radio trainer Kevin Mann. Truth Commissioner Yasmin Sooka delivered the main speech and questioned government’s deafening silence on reparations for victims of gross human rights abuses. Denzil Weale composed and performed a piano tribute to a 10-minute silent black and white video production compiled by TV producer Adri Kotze. SABC Chief Executive Hawu Mbatha thanked everyone for contributing to south africa’s human spirit… and its launch, which was described as elegant, dignified, spellbinding, a moment of occasion and an occasion for sombre reflection.

Angie Kapelianis
Yasmin Sooka
Rev. Hawu Mbatha


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