SA truth commission pardons four

South Africa's post-apartheid "truth commission" pardoned four anti-democracy white bombers and three anti- apartheid black vigilantes for human rights crimes in the final days of white rule.

Ruling on 16 applications, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu granted and refused applications by self- confessed perpetrators of human rights crimes on both sides of the struggle over apartheid. The whites given amnesty were four right-wingers responsible for bombings shortly after the ANC began democracy talks with then president FW de Klerk's white- led National Party.

The three blacks pardoned were members of an ANC-aligned self-defence unit that killed three black gangsters terrorising their township near Kroonstad.

Reuter - Cape Town