Johannesburg - Former president Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday admitted there were compromises made during the country’s transition to democracy, and that the country deviated from the direction mapped out in the 1990s.
Addressing a dialogue with former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos hosted by his foundation at the Market Theatre in Joburg, Motlanthe said the country had moved away from the direction set out by leaders at the time.
He said with the benefit of hindsight it would be important to assess the kind of omissions made, or which compromises were too much.
Motlanthe pointed out that the first mistake made was not to establish a Chapter 9 institution charged with the responsibility to write the country’s history.
”These days history is written eclectically,” Motlanthe said, adding that the wholesale incineration of apartheid records had created a huge gap in South African history.