Khulumani has been welcoming the participation of Sri Lankan human rights defender, Mr Ruki Fernando in its activities.
Ruki is being hosted in South Africa by the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference. He presented a paper at a conference in Istanbul last week and prepared a story about "The Standing Man" in Taksim Square, the epicentre of the citizen stands for justice in Turkey.
On Sunday, June 16 2013, Khulumani members in Soweto led a march with the family and friends of Mbuyisa Makhubu, the child photographed carrying Hector Pieterson.
They departed from Naledi High School at 06:00 and marched to remember the still unresolved disappearance of Mbuyisa Makhubu. This was the SECOND Commemorative March, not the first as claimed by some media.
Khulumani member from Taung, Mr. Montsho, has written a call to remember the country's youth activists who played significant roles in the Soweto Uprisings of 1976.
Khulumani Support Group has welcomed the engagement with Commissioners from the Inquiries and Hearings Committee of the Ivorian Truth Commission. The delegation comprises five Commissioners - Mrs Goffri Kouame Kra, Dr Marie-Paule Kodjo, Mr Nevry Roger, Mr Theophile Toudou and Dr Alain-Pascal Mennan.
The Commissioners are currently involved in hearings processes taking place in Cote d'Ivoire and have come to South Africa to explore issues related to procedural standards for conducting hearings of victims and / or perpetrators and to learn about the provision of assistance to victims and protection to witnesses, if it should be necessary.
Khulumani celebrates the appointment of Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, a Khulumani board member, to the executive leadership team at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the capacity of Deputy Vice Chancellor with responsibility for the portfolio on Internationalisation, Advancement and Student Affairs.
Khulumani Support Group congratulates Naledi High School in Soweto on its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1963, Naledi High School was one of the schools in Soweto that played an important role in the events that unfolded in June 1976 and that lead to the fateful march of 16 June 1976 that contributed to changing the political landscape of South Africa forever.
Last Saturday, June 1 Khulumani's staff with their families gathered at the Zoo Lake for a braai / picnic to spend time together and to say farewell to Pamela Whitman, a colleague who was placed with the organisation by Australian Volunteers some three and a half years ago.
Pamela became an integral member of Khulumani's work over these past few years as she led the deepening of the organisation's victim empowerment programme and subsequently the expansion of this work into the use of the tools of Forum Theatre, a form of Theatre of the Oppressed, the theatre for development tools developed by Brazilian, Augusto Boal.
Khulumani's engagement with the families of mine-workers who lost their lives at Marikana has included deep facilitated discussions with the affected families of what we can learn from what happened at Marikana to make sure that these things never happen again.
The Khulumani Forum Theatre Group (KFTG) will partake in the “Take A Stand” procession on Saturday 1 June 2013. Visit http://takeastand.org/ for more info.
The procession is an all-inclusive, non-partisan and non-sectarian civil society procession which will take place in Soweto with 30,000 men, women and children. This will mark the beginning of a movement by a nation determined to regain the chain of values that makes us truly human.
The rate of violence against children and women and equally shocking to men, who do not believe should be allowed to continue in their name, has reached intolerable levels. And the rape and murder of Anene Booysen was the most excruciating to recall.
Many people have spoken of the ways in which the South African Truth Commission failed to take real account of the impact of political violence on women. It has taken many years of Khulumani holding open space for women to break the silence around their experiences of the violations of the past.
The struggle for redress for women continues while many men have received recognition and benefits for having received military training and for having carried weapons, while the equivalent recognition has not yet been accorded to women who helped equally to usher in democracy in South Africa.