President Zuma fails to use the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka to call for truth-seeking and accountability for state-sponsored gross human rights violations in Sri Lanka and confirms the fears of victims and survivors that President Zuma has abandoned them and the continuing struggle for justice and inclusive reparations.
In an article in today's Mail&Guardian, Mr Ruki Fernando* explains that Zuma appeared to have joined hands with Sri Lanka's authoritarian rulers in warding off measures of accountability and pushed for a South African-style TRC.
Twenty years ago today, 18 November 1993, in the early hours of the morning, the Multi Party Negotiating Process (MPNP) finally agreed the interim constitution that would govern the political transition in South Africa.
Today's official opening of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory marks that important date as it launches the space where the public can interact with the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Khulumani Interactor, Mr Wiseman Nduli participated in the MACUFE Mangaung African Cultural Festival and presented a piece he developed that told stories of struggle veterans.
MACUFE Festival is the most cultural balance showcase of African art and culture in the world and showcase the best local and international African artist in various field. Khulumani volunteer Wiseman attended the MACUFE 2013 in Bloemfontein.
Khulumani associate, Dr Ben Khumalo-Seegelken, a theologian and teacher at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, travelled to Ncome / Blood River for the conference that took place there last weekend.
The conference entitled Courageous Conversations was held from 6 – 8 November 2013 at the Ncome Museum, between Dundee and Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal to mark the 175th Commemoration of the Battle of Blood River/Ncome & a nation’s striving for reconciliation.
The first annual checking-in meeting of Khulumani Water for Dignity with all the roleplayers involved in the project Integrated Water Resource Management in South Africa: Towards a New Paradigm (TNP) was held at the offices of the Water Research Commission in Rietfontein, Pretoria last Wednesday, 6 November 2013.
15 YEARS SINCE THE 1998 TRC REPORT: Are Survivors and Victims of Apartheid Atrocities Worse Off than Before?
A Public Debate at Constitution Hill Tuesday 5 November 2013, 17:30 – 20:00 All Welcome
When former President Mandela accepted the five volumes of the 1998 TRC Report on 29 October 1998, he called for a generosity of spirit in making good on providing reparations to survivors and families of victims of apartheid crimes. He said,
“It is for those who have the means, to contribute to the efforts to repair the damage wrought by the past… (so that those) who have suffered losses of different kinds and magnitudes (may) be afforded reparation, proceeding from the premise that freedom and dignity are the real prize that our sacrifices were meant to attain.”
The generosity of spirit that former President Mandela sought to call forth, did not materalise and in many respects, there has been a widespread lack of commitment to make good on the aspirations contained in the Preamble that states,
“We, the people of South Africa, recognize the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land’ Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united on our diversity.”
Khulumani receives 2013 International SEED Award in Nairobi, Kenya
Last night Khulumani's Gauteng facilitator, Nomarussia Bonase attended the SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development) Award Ceremony in Nairobi where the SEED Winners for 2013 were announced.
The 2013 SEED International Jury selected Khulumani as a winner of the 2013 SEED Awards out of 72 shortlisted initiatives.
On 23 August 2013, a successful march against violence against women took place from Joubert Park to the Constitutional Court. The march was the initiative of Sizoya Sibuye, the non profit organisation of former women political prisoners from the women's Gaol museum on Constitution Hill.