Salazar, Philippe-Joseph
January 2010
Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Philosophia;2010, Vol. 1, p5
Academic Journal
The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission has become exemplary of a successful democratic transition accomplished without any external mediation or intervention. As such, it carries a fundamental lesson regarding peace as a practical human right: peace with others - civil peace allowing not only for survival but for a better life -, and peace with oneself, meaning an inner acceptance of each individual's new status as citizen. The paper presents and interprets the spectacular and narrative, social and intimate gesture and moment through which apartheid-era criminals contributed to the realization of a democratic transition. The perpetrators are involved in the singular, narrative and performative foundation of social peace, operated through an unprecedented process of non judicial justice.


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