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Active Citizens: Who we become

Who we becomeVictim re-empowerment is in the hands of victims themselves. In becoming the active participants in their own lives, in a supportive environment, victims are progressively transformed into victors.

On February 19, 2014, Judy Seidman and Nomarussia Bonase visited with the Marikana widows in Pretoria for several hours at their request.

Judy shared the short film that she had produced of the workshop with the widows. The widows felt that the video accurately reflected their ideas and they requested that it be shown widely.

They also suggested that further video installments be produced to tell their stories, especially as they are still treated as mere observers of the Farlam Commission proceedings. Each widow received a copy of the DVD. 

Khulumani members continue to take action towards transforming their lives.

This past weekend we did the induction and orientation of trainees for the Khulumani Project for Achieving Food Security through implementation of the Kumnandi Social Franchise at KOSMOS Guesthouse in Pretoria.

Some Khulumani members and associates attended the first National Assembly of the Unemployed held in South Africa in the context of the crisis of unemployment in South Africa.

On Thursday 28 November 2013 the AWETHU! Peoples’ Platform for Social Justice was launched at a founding workshop held at the Braamfontein Centre in Johannesburg with round table discussions on the issues concerning people and the actions people are taking to address them. 

The platform is envisaged as providing a vehicle to connect and amplify the voices of people and movements committed to social justice and political accountability.

Khulumani joins colleagues in raising the alarm on the evidence that the disclosure of information in South Africa is at an all time low.

In the week that President Zuma assented to the Protection of Personal Information Act, the PAIA Civil Society Network (CSN) published its evidence of the increasing difficulties in accessing information from organs of the state.

The PAIA CSN Shadow Report for 2013 reveals that "openness and transparency by information holders both in the public and private sector have decreased from the already worryingly low levels of compliance recorded by the PAIA CSN in previous years."

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