Paper doesn’t blush – and mountains of paper seem to be an essential upshot of the numerous investigation commissions that have existed, and still exist, in South Africa. The objective of these commissions, just like those in history remains the same, to capture the citizenry’s quest for justice – but do they? Or are they just a window dressing that gets locked on paper and hardly translates into meaningful action?
Bright Maluleke – played by Tony Bonani Miyambo – is an employee who copies and archives official
documents from the commissions. He does his best just to stick to his brief and ignore the content of the files
– but this proves difficult when faced with all these pages giving an account of the most critical and
catastrophic moments in South Africa’s history. In the frugal setting of a photocopier, a microphone and a loop
station, he begins to give vent to his annoyance with the ‘paper jam’.
COMMISSION CONTINUA interweaves affidavits, addendums, appendices, testimonials, submissions, draft
reports and reports. At the heart of this is South African society’s struggle for real change and reconciliation.