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Khulumani acknowledges the role played by the churches in participating in the struggle to end apartheid.

A particularly important milestone in that struggle was the adoption by some churches meeting in Rustenburg in September 1985, of the Kairos document. 

Deputy Chairperson of Khulumani Sharpeville, Mr Sefatsa, a survivor of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, passed away this past week.

Mr Sefatsa has been a key supporter and driver of Khulumani's continued work in Sharpeville.

Sadly he is another survivor who has not lived to see the post-apartheid government honour its promises to prove adequate, effective and inclusive reparations to survivors of one of the greatest human rights struggles in history - the struggle against apartheid.

Mr Sefatsa was buried on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

 

Saturday, 21 September 2013 saw the launch of a Khulumani branch at Hluvukani Village in the Acornhoek District of Bushbuckridge in Limpopo Province.

National Heritage Day was commemorated in Boipatong, a still dusty township in the industrial area of Vanderbylpark, with a moving launch of the VOICES OF BOIPATONG project that brings together the memories of the residents of Boipatong as they speak of the impact of the massacre of 17 June 1992 on their lives. 

Today Khulumani US attorney, Mr Michael Hausfeld, confirmed that the legal teams involved in the S A Apartheid Litigation, have filed for an en banc review of the 2nd Circuit Court decision to invoke the Kiobel decision to call for the dismissal of the case.

This means that the teams have applied for a full bench of judges including those who made the decision to call for a dismissal of the case, supplemented by an additional eleven judges from the 2nd Circuit Court, to review the decision of the court in the S A Apartheid Litigation.

The Launch of Boipatong Living Heritage Project takes place at the Boipatong Catholic Church TODAY 10:00-14:00. This is a Project of Khulumani Support Group, the Ether Initiative, and the National Heritage Council.

Ram Bhandari of the Nepali National Network of Families of the Disappeared and Missing offers an important critique of the transitional justice industry, an industry dominated by big NGOs and think tanks: Nepali NGOs have derailed the human rights discourse.

Khulumani has reflected on this before (see Tshepo Madlingozi "On Transitional Justice Entrepreneurs and the Production of Victims" (2010, Journal of Human Rights Practice) .

Below is an excerpt from Ram Bhandari's interview with Kamal Raj Sigdel and Darshan Karki:

After the 2013 Kingswood College annual Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture given by Mr Jay Naidoo on Friday September 13, Professor Roy Jobson of the Neil Aggett Support Group announced the establishment of the Dr Neil Aggett Unit by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as Doctors without Borders. This regional initiative of MSF will assist, enable and empower young doctors and health care workers to take on various activist roles.

Friday, 13 September 2013 10:39

South Africa at Another Stalemate

On the 36th Anniversary of the death in detention of Black Consciousness intellectual and activist, Steve Biko, our 'beloved country' sits at a stalemate. The historical turning points in our civic life, have tended to be massacres of the people who initiate citizen action for social justice.

Amongst those who take up this struggle everyday, are Khulumani members who advocate unceasingly for the continuation of the processes initiated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

Beverley Naidoo, author of Death of an Idealist, a biography of Neil Aggett, writes about Khulumani,

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