Between 1960 and 1982 the regime of apartheid forcibly displaced an estimated 3.5 million black and colored people. Their communities were shattered, their families dispossessed and livelihoods destroyed. After Apartheid these people were not included among ``victims`` by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was established to bear witness and to record the perpetrators of crimes against the human rights. Forced removals were not illegal under the apartheid and so it seems that the TRC considered as a gross violation only what was a gross violation under the laws of apartheid. The TRC focused on rape, torture, and murder, ignoring what was distinctive about apartheid and its machinery of violence. What happens when crime is legal, when criminals can enforce the law?
The townships, which were installed as a result of the forced removals are still the main living space of the black and colored communities today. Approximately 2 million people are living in the townships around Cape Town alone. 98% of the whites living in Cape Town today have never been to a township or even close to one. The political system of apartheid, the division between black and white, has transformed into a gap between poor and rich.