We honour and work for what you said in 1998 at the handover of the TRC report:
"Now the challenge is for all of us to protect our democratic gains like the apple of our eye. It is for those who have the means, to contribute to the efforts to repair the damage brought by the past. IT IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES OF DIFFERENT KINDS AND MAGNITUDES TO BE AFFORDED REPARATION, proceeding from the premise that freedom and dignity are the real prize that our sacrifices were meant to attain. Free at last, we are all masters of our destiny. A better future depends on all of us lending a hand - your hand, my hand."
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Mr Zweli Mkhize and Ms Sally Musandirire will represent Khulumani at the NACF on 17 April 2013.
Dealing with corruption at the most local level where people are most severely impacted when funds for services are diverted for rivate purposes, has been one focus of Khulumani's ongoing work on building capacity for engaged and active citizenship for participatory democracy.
Khulumani is exceptionally proud of the achievement of Ms Rita Kesselring who has completed her PhD on The Formation of a Victims' Subject Position in Today's South Africa: Embodiment and Justification of Apartheid-Era Violence.
Rita acknowledges Khulumani in the following words in her thesis,
Just as victims bear the brunt of the legacy of apartheid, I owe my largest debt to them. To all of them (whose lives informed this thesis) I want to express my deepest gratitude for letting me partake in their lives and tacitly sharing with me what it means to live with memories of harm.
Khulumani's National Director, Dr Marjorie Jobson will be participating in a panel of experts aimed at strengthening victims' participation before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure that participation is effective and meaningful for victims.
The panel of eight to ten individual experts, representing a range of disciplines and experiences on victims' rights in different contexts, will meet in The Hague from 24-27 April 2013.
Judy Seidman will represent Khulumani Support Group at the Colombian Dialogue for Peace being hosted in Colombia between April 18 and 22, 2013.
Khulumani is proud to be invited to participate in this very important new platform in which civil society actors are coming together to strategise on alternative approaches to securing lives of dignity for grass roots communities in the struggle to construct sustainable and stable paths towards just, equitable and democratic societies.
In the month in which South Africans celebrate Freedom Day, 27 April, there will be a focus on the continuing struggle of survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations for reparations at three venues in the United Kingdom.
This video contains extracts from an interview with Dr. Khotso de Wee from the Department of Justice's TRC Unit during the SABC TV News current affairs programme, Zwa Maramani which was aired on 2 April 2013.
In the interview Dr. De Wee talks about payments and reparations due to apartheid victims as proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The YouTube link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc2ZxVyVkno
Video of a recent episode of Insight titled "Healing".
In a tense and dramatic exchange, Shirley Gunn (Khulumani Board Member) talks directly with former Apartheid Minister Adriaan Vlok, responsible for framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. His actions led to Shirley spending a traumatic stint in jail.
At the end of March 2013, the Legal Resources Centre sent a letter on behalf of the member organisations of the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ) to the Minister of Justice requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the DOJ's plans presently being implemented to disburse R500 million of the Victims' Reparation Fund, the President's Fund, into eighteen municipalities for infrastructure renovation.
Zweli Mkhize represented Khulumani at last week's preparatory meeting between government and CSOs in preparation for the upcoming sitting of the ACHPR.
The commitment of government to hosting these meetings is a very welcome development. Thank you to Ms Corlett Letlojane of HURISA for her unceasing efforts to build more collaborative relationships between government departments and civil society in the context of advancing human rights practices in South Africa and across the continent.
The ICTJ presentation IN SEARCH OF TRUTH: Creating an Effective Truth Commission illustrates the unresolved issues after the end of the South African TRC. (View image gallery below)