As South Africa begins an official investigation into the crimes of its apartheid era, families of some high-profile victims are divided on the wisdom of digging up its dark past.
Some support the mood of forgiveness which President Nelson Mandela's Truth and Reconciliation Commission aims to create in post-apartheid South Africa.
But others, including the widow of activist Steve Biko, oppose the Commission and its powers to grant immunity. They say apartheid's criminals should be tried and punished.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up by President Nelson Mandela's government, and headed by Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu.
Under it, those responsible for political crimes between 1960 and 1993 may never face justice.
If those who committed the crimes - in the name of apartheid or against it - confess and disclose the whole truth, they will be given immunity and may never face prosecution.
But not everyone in the new South Africa agrees with the Commission's attempt at unifying the country by forgiving those who confess to their crimes.
Some families who lost loved ones during the dark days of apartheid oppose the Commission but believe they've been left with no alternative to publicise and learn the truth about the crimes.
Churchill Mxenge is one such person.
His brother Griffiths, a prominent human rights lawyer, was killed by a security force hit squad in 1981.
Four years after Griffith's killing, his wife, Victoria, was also murdered.
Churchill Mxenge and the other family members say they have made
countless representations to the government, the Minister of Justice
Dullah Omar and even President Nelson Mandela.
So we were left with no option, you know, but to take action.
And we take this action not out of vengeance or revenge or what, you
know, but to restore the dignity of my brother. My brother couldn't
just die like a dog."
SUPER CAPTION: Churchill Mxenge, brother of murdered lawyer Griffiths Mxenge
The mood of forgiveness displayed by South Africa's new leaders is clearly not shared by all its people.
Among others dissatisfied with the Commission is the widow of South Africa's most famous fallen hero, Steve Biko, subject of the film "Cry Freedom."
Biko is immortalised in his home town of Ginsberg. His home, the building on the far left, still stands, nearly 20 years after he was tortured and killed in police detention.
His family do not believe that the Truth Commission is going to help them. They want those who beat and tortured Biko to death to pay for their crimes.
His widow Ntsiki Biko visited the prison cell in which he died for the first time on the anniversary of his death last year.
"I've always wanted to see them, you know, brought to justice,
to court, to be charged properly and sentenced properly. But I am a
bit disappointed by this whole concept of this Truth Commission --
how it goes about the whole thing. But I don't think I am going to
rest. I will see to it that justice is done."
SUPER CAPTION: Ntsiki Biko, widow of Steve Biko
Many other activists were murdered in an equally brutal fashion.
In 1985, Matthew Goniwe, a school teacher from Lingelihle township in the Eastern Cape Province, was killed by the security forces, along with three fellow activists. Their bodies were found in bushes along this road.
But unlike the Biko and Mxenge families, the Goniwe family support the
Truth Commission and believe it will help them get to the bottom of the crime.
"It will relieve us because we do not know how they were killed
and where they were killed. Just to know who killed them, just to
know who killed them."
SUPER CAPTION: Alex Goniwe, relative of Matthew Goniwe
To the majority of South Africans, the victims of apartheid atrocities are heroes and their legacy will live on. But for some of their families, the justice they yearn for is still a long way off.
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