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TRC was not enough - Mbeki

Former President Thabo Mbeki says people still blame the government for not changing society.

Former President Thabo Mbeki says people still blame the government for not changing society. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Former President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) never dealt with apartheid intelligence structures.

Mbeki said South Africans should ask themselves if their attitudes had changed since 1994.

The former president was speaking at a South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) book launch in Pretoria on Freedom Day.

He said there were still citizens who did not understand how South Africa got to where it was today.

This year's Freedom Day marked exactly 19 years since the country's first free elections.

Mbeki said the TRC left many questions about society during the apartheid years.

"We had hoped that the TRC would tell the story of what used to be called 'national security management system'. But it didn't."

He said government always took the blame for not changing society fast enough because people did not understand the history of the country.

Mbeki said SADET would help to educate the youth about the history of the country.