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Khulumani Support Group

Khulumani Support Group

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Khulumani Board Member, Ms Shirley Gunn, at the launch of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission, 9 June 2014

Khulumani Board Member, Ms Shirley Gunn, was invited to facilitate a workshop on the role of civil society in truth commission processes at the international conference organised by the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, that followed the launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) on 9 June 2014 by Tunisian President Moncef AlMarzouki, with President of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Mustapha Ben Jaafar, and Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa.

A report on the Study Visit of Professor Barbara Borst with students of New York University to Khulumani Support Group, East Rand, 12 June 2014

Khulumani Educational Tour with the New York University students from the Center for Global Affairs took place on 12 June 2014 at Thokoza, Phola Park at Nomarussia's house.

There were seven students (girls) and one professor. The programme started at 09h00 till 12h30. The purpose of the tour was for the students to learn about what is happening in South Africa after the apartheid government.

The unreasonable demand to forgive the past in today's South Africa in the absence of an adequate programme of redress and reparation

Sisonke Msimang, a regular contributor to the Daily Maverick, has written a powerful piece called 'Limpho Hani and the Power of Refusing to Forgive'. (See attached below). The context is the time frame that has been given to Minister Michael Masutha, newly installed Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, by Judge Thokozile Masipa to respond to the recommendation of the Parole Board that Clive Derby-Lewis, one of two men convicted for the murder of Chris Hani, be released from jail on parole.

Sisonke highlights that Hani's widow, Limpho, continues to refuse to forgive his killer in a situation in which the unspoken rule imposed on peoples' grief by the TRC was that family members of victims should not be so angry, "because frankly, there is no space or time in this democracy for victims and survivors of torture and losses beyond imagining to be angry."

2014 and Another World Cup: Reflections from Khulumani Support Group

As the world watches tonight's opening ceremony of the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Khulumani reflects back on the struggles to highlight the issues that are obscured when events of the magnitude of a World Cup are staged.

This year's Soccer World Cup takes place in Brazil in the midst of much anguish about the costs involved and the deviation of funds for critical public services towards the construction of stadiums. Brazil is reported to be spending three times more on this World Cup that was spent on the last three World Cups added together.

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Khulumani Youth Forum Theatre is invited to the SEX ACTUALLY Launch & Several Workshops

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In Memory of Robin Williams

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A prayer posted by Christine Sine which she wrote while thinking about the impact Robin Williams (the actor in Good Will Hunting and many other films) whose death has been devastating for many following his suicide this week. Robin Williams took his own life in a battle with major depression. In Khulumani, we too know the terrible impact of brokenness and pain.

God we know the wounds our world can inflict,
And have felt the heartache of its brokenness.
Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear,
That pain can give birth to laughter,
That humour often hides our fears.
Let us look at sorrow and anguish and not blink.
Accepting responsibility let us become pilgrims in the ruins,
Choosing to respond with love and compassion,
To all who are hurting and in pain.

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