The Khulumani Forum Theatre Group (KFTG) will partake in the “Take A Stand” procession on Saturday 1 June 2013. Visit http://takeastand.org/ for more info.
The procession is an all-inclusive, non-partisan and non-sectarian civil society procession which will take place in Soweto with 30,000 men, women and children. This will mark the beginning of a movement by a nation determined to regain the chain of values that makes us truly human.
The rate of violence against children and women and equally shocking to men, who do not believe should be allowed to continue in their name, has reached intolerable levels. And the rape and murder of Anene Booysen was the most excruciating to recall.
Many people have spoken of the ways in which the South African Truth Commission failed to take real account of the impact of political violence on women. It has taken many years of Khulumani holding open space for women to break the silence around their experiences of the violations of the past.
The struggle for redress for women continues while many men have received recognition and benefits for having received military training and for having carried weapons, while the equivalent recognition has not yet been accorded to women who helped equally to usher in democracy in South Africa.
In this video, Dr. Marjorie Jobson, Director of the Khulumani Support Group, provides an update of The South African Apartheid Litigation case that has been on going since November 2012. She is interviewed by Fazila Farouk of The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS).
Khulumani Support Group was privileged to host the student study interim from the University of Virginia, USA over two days earlier in May 2013.
The visit exposed the students to the lives and stories of survivors from the liberation struggle in South Africa and their commitment to infusing today's South africa with their knowledge and contributions.
The students spoke particularly of "the Khulumani philosophy .. that while having been victimized, survivors do not remain victims and will not remain silent - in short - they will speak out!"
The latest initiative to try to advance corporate accountability comes from Khulumani partner, Medico International which has filed a complaint with the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) together with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.
Since 2010, Khulumani has been organising and hosting social encounter tours of townships around Johannesburg.
On May 14 and 15, Mr Simon Nko from Katlehong assisted by Mr Freedom Ngubonde from Soweto will host a group of students from the University of Virginia for a two-day exploration of the sites of struggle in Gauteng involving meeting Khulumani members who were involved in that struggle.
The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights issued its report on May 2 finding that there are major gaps in the capacity of the United States to protect human rights in business activities.
In the context of this report, the action of the US Supreme Court of Appeal in reducing the scope of application of the Alien Tort Statute depends concerns about the lack of adequate available mechanisms to hold corporations accountable for aiding and abetting the perpetration of gross human rights violations by companies with strong links to the United States.
On Wednesday, 17 April 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Nigerian plaintiffs who had claimed that the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company had been complicit in violating their human rights, may not continue their litigation in US courts using the Alien Tort Statute, the 1789 statute enacted to deal with violations committed by pirates on the high seas.
The decision is a major blow for the plaintiffs in the Kiobel case. Its impact on the South Africa Apartheid Litigation which has been pending before the Second Circuit Court since January 2010, awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel, is not yet clear.
The Khulumani Art for Healing and Heritage community workshops that are funded by the National Lottery, have now taken place in Amazimtoti and Adams in KwaZulu Natal and in Zamdela in the northern Free State.
The Khulumani Heritage Project is enabling Khulumani Support Group to begin to provide excellent and unique heritage services in seven provinces of the country.
Khulumani members constituted a significant percentage of the audience in the debate that was screened on Sunday night, April 7 on SABC3. The programme raised issues of the extent of exclusion of nearly 50% of South Africa's population from what is needed for a life of dignity and contribution.
Minister Malusi Gigaba, Minister for Public Enterprises and a member of the ANC's Economic Transformation Committee, admitted that the many grievances expressed by Khulumani members who used the opportunity to speak out about the circumstances of their lives, were legitimate.
His plea that the underlying causes of the entrenched inequality in South Africa, were structural, were received less warmly by the audience who advocated that the Minister has power to make the right things happen for people.