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/ 20 June 2002

A peek behind the veil

Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid & Truth is the first publication on how South Africa has tried to deal with its past that does not focus on the workings of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission (TRC) or the politics and promises of transitional justice. Instead its author, veteran journalist Terry Bell, raises a host of issues that should have received the commission’s attention, but did not. Piecing together "shards and fragments of fact", Bell has provided us with "a series of interrelated images of the past" that question the wisdom of drawing a veil over "the still vast unfinished mosaic of the times of apartheid".