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Payout for apartheid victims

South Africa is to pay final reparations to thousands of people identified by the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as victims of apartheid. In a statement to parliament on the final report from the Commission, President Thabo Mbeki said a one-off payment of just over $3,800 (29,173 rand) would be given to those designated by the TRC. The campaign group pursuing reparations has said it will not accept the payment, saying it is not enough. It is seven years since the TRC was set up to help South Africa come to terms with decades of state-sponsored racism and violence under apartheid and to rebuild the nation. Headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Commission heard the accounts of more than 20,000 people it classed as victims of apartheid. Its final volume is a litany of disappearances, murders, beatings and torture. In exchange for evidence, victims were offered reparations, while the perpetrators who came forward to admit their crimes received amnesty. Full Story

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