As Khulumani groups across the country agitated for responses by government to its unceasing advocacy over the past 16 years for processes of securing justice and healing for victims of apartheid gross human rights violations, and as Khulumani groups prepared for a National Day of Action for Redress, Reparations, Restitution and Justice on 27 March 2014, the organisation received an invitation to meet with officials in the office of the Director-General in The Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi.
There’s R1.19 billion sitting in the President’s Fund, designated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help victims of Apartheid rebuild their shattered lives. Now the department of justice finally wants to spend it, but who will actually benefit? Its intended beneficiaries say they are still being left out of the process, and that the money is being misused. SIMON ALLISON investigates.