Khulumani associate Dr Ben Khumalo-Seegelken travelled from Oldenburg in Germany this weekend to join the people of uMbumbulu in a cleansing and reconciliation ceremony that took place on Sunday 27 October 2013 at eZimwini (Ogagwini Area) in the uMbumbulu District.
Dr Ben's visit to South Africa in September 2013 led to the reactivation of processes that had been initiated in 2010 when the first such ceremony was held in Vulindlela. See the attached paper entitled 'UkuHlambulukelana nokuBuyisana – - Cleansing and Reconciling in KwaZulu-Natal Today' which describes the origin of the ceremony of ukubuyisana“, meaning to 'meet halfway in order to proceed together and to bury the hatchet.'
Khulumani Mamelodi to join Moss Morudu Spiritual Repatriation on Friday October 25 and 26, 2013
On Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 October 2013, members of Khulumani Support Group from Mamelodi in Tshwane will be participating in activities planned to commemorate the life of Mr Moss Morudu following extensive unsuccessful efforts by the Missing Persons' Task Team (MPTT) in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to find his remains.
The ceremony will involve a SYMBOLIC spiritual repatriation of his remains from the site at which it appears his body was blown up.
Moss Morudu was an internal member of the MK unit that comprised Jabu Masina, Ting Ting Masango, Neo Potsane and Joseph Makhura. Moss disappeared on 26 October 1987, aged 22.
Amnesty applicants from the Northern Transvaal Security Police stated to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that they had abducted him and held him at Kaallaagte Farm near Hammanskraal where he they had interrogated and tortured him.
The launch of VOICES OF BOIPATONG on National Heritage Day 2013 served as the occasion for the unveiling of the banner of Khulumani Boipatong. The banner / flag is a beautifully crafted ceremonial banner embroidered with Khulumani's logo and with a Bible verse Isaiah 13 Verse 2.
The verse reads,
"Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them, beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles."
Khulumani in Aliwal North laid a charge against their local municipality, Maletswai Local Municipality, for building the memorial graveyard to receive the remains of some 300 unknown Black victims of the Aliwal North Concentration Camp from the South African War (Anglo- Boer War) of 1899 - 1902 over graves containing the remains of their own direct relatives and ancestors.
Two Khulumani project staff participated in the 10th Annual Conference of the Oral History Association of South Africa in Kimberley between October 8 and 11, 2013.
The OHASA Conference saw the launch of three books of papers delivered over the past ten years at OHASA Conferences. The book containing these papers is Oral History: Heritage and Identity, edited by Christina Landman and published by the Department of Arts and Culture, Republic of South Africa in 2013.
Khulumani is concerned at the revelation of the remuneration of SASOL's CEO, a situation labelled by the Daily Maverick author as 'corporate piggery'
In the month that marks the 26th Anniversary of the 1 October 1987 SASOL strike, Khulumani is astounded to learn that the recently appointed CEO of SASOL, Mr David Constable, is this year receiving a 68 per cent increase on his basic remuneration package while SASOL workers are receiving a mere 7,7 per cent increase. Read Article in the Daily Maverick.
In a month that marks a pivotal turning point in SASOL's unfortunate history of harsh and exploitative labour conditions and the violent suppression of the workers' strike, more and more evidence is emerging about the tactics used by SASOL to end the 1987 strike and to dismiss 2,400 of their workers. The struggle for justice and redress continues.