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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mandela Plans Amnesty

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- President Nelson Mandela's new government announced plans Tuesday to grant amnesty for political crimes, but only with a full confession. The proposals would fulfil a campaign promise by Mandela to confront murder, torture, terrorist bombings and other crimes from the apartheid era in a bid for racial reconciliation. Justice Minister Dullah Omar told reporters the purpose was to make a "clean break" with the past and create "a culture of human rights." He refused to discuss specific cases but said the cut off date for political crimes eligible for amnesty would be Dec. 6, 1993.