The news of police and municipal violations of protection orders secured by the people of Cato Crest to protect their shack homes signifies appalling disrespect for the lives and livelihoods of people who have little to fall back on apart from their solidarity.
It is also a shocking display of disrespect for the rule of law by organs of the state.
-------- Khulumani endorses the statement issued by church leaders on the crisis in Cato Crest.
Full statement by KwaZulu Natal Church Leaders' Group endorsed by: Church Land Programme and Diakonia Council of Churches:
On Saturday, Judy Seidman, Khulumani's Art for Healing and Heritage co-facilitator will join environmental activists at Constitution Hill in protesting the detention and charging of the Arctic 30 who were protesting oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. One of the 30 activists detained is Judy's cousin, Peter Willcox.
Khulumani Support Group honours the memory and legacy of Dr Neil Aggett as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launches its Dr Neil Aggett Unit with a commemorative seminar at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Medical School on Friday, October 4 from 08:30 – 15:30. The seminar will focus on the potential roles of health professionals as agents of change in Africa. (Programme is attached.)
Dr Neil Aggett worked as a trade union organizer and helped to set up what has become the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU). He supported his unpaid work as a union organizer by working as a casualty doctor at Baragwanath Hospital at night, up until his detention and death in apartheid police custody in 1982 after a prolonged period of solitary confinement and torture. FAWU has expressed its appreciation of the life and example of Neil whom it calls one of the finest citizens of our country – a selfless medical doctor and a committed trade unionist – ever to emerge from our struggles.
In this year in which Neil Aggett would have turned sixty, and after more than ten years delay, the South African Parliament passed the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act. In July 2013, the President assented to the Act. This means that the country is now compliant with its obligation to the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), an international treaty that was ratified by the South African government in December 1998, the year in which the Human Rights Hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) were concluded.
On Friday, 4 October 2013 survivors and families of the victims of the 17 June 1992 Boipatong Massacre will be hosted for an all-day event at Freedom Park with the support of the Sedibeng Municipality Heritage Department. The programme for the event is attached.
Khulumani deeply values its relationship with Sedibeng Municipality and the support it has provided to victims and survivors of the human rights struggles, many of which were birthed in the Vaal region.
The municipality has asserted its identity as the 'cradle of human rights' - a tribute to the recognition of the Sharpeville Massacre as a turning point globally in pronouncing apartheid a crime against humanity.
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.
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.