October 29 2014 marks 16 years since President Mandela received the first TRC Report in Parliament. This was a very important step in the process of reckoning with the terrible damage that had been wrought by apartheid in our country.
When President Mandela received the report, he said, "The challenge is for all of us to protect our democratic gains like the apple of our eye. It is for those who have the means, to contribute to the efforts to repair the damage wrought by the past. It is for those who have suffered losses of different kinds and magnitudes to be afforded reparation, proceeding from the premise that freedom and dignity are the real prize that our sacrifices were meant to attain. Free at last, we are all masters of our destiny. A better future depends on all of us lending a hand - your hand, my hand."