THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH AND THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

Piet Meiring

Abstract


For the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk [Dutch Reformed Church (DRC)] in South
Africa, the church that supported the policy of apartheid for many years, engaging
the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a painful and in
the end also a liberating experience. In his article Piet Meiring, who served on the
TRC, chronicles the dialogue between the TRC and the DRC, leading to the events
of the the Faith Community Hearing in November 1997 when the DRC, together
with all the other faith communities in South Africa, appared before the TRC to
explain its role during the apartheid years, as well as its commitment towards future
reconciliation. Meiring discusses the expectations as well as disappointments that
surfaced during the truth and reconciliation process, with regard to the Dutch
Reformed Church, offering a number of comments on viewpoints adopted and
actions taken by the church.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/83-0-882

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