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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for an end to speculation
about new legal proposals reportedly being drafted to deal with
those who did not apply, or failed to qualify, for Truth and
Reconciliation Commission (TRC) amnesty.
In a statement on Sunday, DA spokeswoman for justice, Sheila
Camerer said President Thabo Mbeki and outgoing justice minister
Penuel Maduna could do this by "introducing some transparency into
Camerer was reacting to a report in the Sunday Independent
newspaper that Maduna held informal talks with the president about
these proposals this week.
"The government should take the people of South Africa into its
confidence by making the proposals public and spelling out what it
intends to do," said Camerer.
"Secrecy breeds suspicion, which is completely unnecessary if the
best interests of the country will be served by the new
The DA added that the TRC had succeeded because it had the support
and confidence of the people.
"If the government wants to introduce a new process to deal with
those that missed the opportunity to come clean before the TRC,
then it must be open and honest about this."
The report said that the talks between Manduna and Mbeki included a
new set of legal proposals to aid the implementation of Mbeki's
April 2003 announcement that a prosecution process would be
followed to deal with those who did not apply for TRC
It said justice ministry officials said the new set of proposals
contain "practical mechanisms" to "sweeten" and "incentivise" the
process of confession for those who could be prosecuted for
apartheid atrocities - Sapa.