Friday, July 31, 1998 Published at 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Truth Commission ends
Charirman Tutu has been criticised by whites and blacks
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa has ended its two year investigation into the human rights record of the apartheid era.
The South African Justice Minister, Dullah Omar, said the commission had been a monumental achievement that had contributed to international thinking on how human rights violations could be resolved.
They see the commission as an organisation bent on pursuing white politicians while ignoring crimes committed by black anti-apartheid activists.
They argue that little attention has been paid to crimes carried out by blacks, such as the ritual necklacing of police informers in South African townships.
Archbishop Tutu has reacted by accusing some right wing politicians of showing weakness in their inability to cope with revelations about the role of the white government in the last years of apartheid.
Calls for compensation
But the archbishop has also been criticised by blacks who are demanding compensation for victims of apartheid and their families.
Our correspondent says this problem threatens to overshadow the good work of the past two and a half years.
Later this year the commission will present a report to President Nelson Mandela outlining its findings.
It also has until next June to conclude its amnesty hearings.