Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Celebrating the South African Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court is a powerful reminder of how far the country has come. Its Great African Steps are built of the bricks from Number Four prison, holding within them the memories of the countless prisoners denied their dignity. Its design is symbolic of "justice under a tree"; it is a masterpiece of the South African transition.

South Africans championing human rights

Besides the late Nelson Mandela, many other South Africans have stood up for human rights. Among their names, we can count people like Desmond Tutu and Miriam Makeba. They have all devoted their time and talents to improving the lives of all people.

From priest, to activist and Public Peace Prize recipient

Father Michael Lapsley came to South Africa from New Zealand as a young man. In his adopted home, he could not ignore the horrors of apartheid. For his contribution to peace and reconciliation, he was recently named the recipient of the Public Peace Prize 2016 in the category "Global Peace and Reconciliation – Internationally Reputed Peacemaker".

Our African bonds defy borders

The South Africa where foreigners fear for their lives is not the South Africa envisioned by Nelson Mandela and the Freedom Charter, writes Thebe Ikalafeng.

Africa remembers Rwanda genocide, and says ‘never again’

Rwandans living in Johannesburg relived the genocide in their country 20 years ago. They told their stories of horror; but the over-riding emotions at the end of the day were those of reconciliation, hope, healing and forgiveness.

Rwanda finds a path out of history of horror

Instead of taking the route of vengeance and punishment, Rwanda has chosen admission, reconciliation and forgiveness. This way, it has missed a "justice of ashes". But to build a stable and prosperous country has required draconian legislation and curtailed personal freedom.

Tutus: teaching the world how to forgive

People from more than 100 countries have already signed up for the online "global forgiveness challenge", conceived by Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho. "Forgiveness is not something we do for others, we do it for ourselves and this then impacts all those around us," says the former archbishop.

Freedom Park: celebrating peace

On a small hill outside South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria, a unique and complex monument celebrates freedom and honours the people who struggled and died to liberate the country from apartheid.
Trekker site gets heritage status

South African artistic talent goes global

Some of South Africa’s top artists will be representing the country at the 55th International Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions that takes place every two years in Italy.
ConCourt art tells SA’s story

Women’s rights start with girls

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has added his voice to a global drive to stop the tradition of offering young girls as brides, a custom which affects about 10-million girls every year.
UN lifetime award for Tutu