The truth and reconciliation hearings:
April 15, 1996 — July 31, 1998
In the East London City Hall, on April 16, 1996, Archbishop Desmond Tutu dropped his head in his hands and wept. It was Day Two of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings; former Robben Islander Singqokwana Ernest Malgas was describing his torture by security police. The TRC would hear from 21 000 people across South Africa, and Tutu, its chairman, would say of the process: "We have looked the beast in the eye. Our past will no longer keep us hostage. We who are the rainbow people of God will hold hands and say, ’Never again! Nooit weer! Ngeke futhi! Ga reno tlola!’"