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Memorandum handed over to the Office of the President in Pretoria on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

REPARATIONS NOW!: CLOSE THE GAPS OF INJUSTICES IN POST-APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

MARCH 20, 2012: As the Country Prepares for the Commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre of March 21, 1960 at Freedom Square, Kliptown, Johannesburg and Marks Fourteen Years After the Closure of the TRC Human Rights Hearings, Khulumani Calls on President Zuma to Make the Closing of the Gaps in Post-Apartheid Injustices through Reparations a Priority for this Centenary Year of the African National Congress.

Noting that the State has:

1. failed to honour and fulfill its obligations to provide reparations to all victims and survivors of gross human rights violations;

2. failed to work with all victims and survivors of gross human rights violations of the political crimes of the country's past to provide community reparations to meet their urgent needs;

3. made no provisions for the rehabilitation of all victims and survivors of these crimes and has omitted the category of victims of political crimes in its planning for social development services;

4. enacted provisions for military veterans from non-statutory forces while it has omitted the recognition of and equal provision of benefits for non-military struggle veterans who sustained gross human rights violations in the liberation struggle; and

5. refused to engage victims of the political crimes of the past as equal partners in the resolution of the consequences of these crimes;

Khulumani Support Group now demands that:

i. the legitimate concerns of victims and survivors are heard and taken seriously;

ii. the betrayal of the thousands who fought and suffered for the achievement of freedom and justice in South Africa should now end; and

iii. the Office of the President should accept this Memorandum and respond to it within thirty days.

Khulumani considers it a travesty that all the submissions made to the Presidential Hotline over the two years since its establishment, have not been honoured with any responses to date.

Khulumani rejects the failure of the President to ensure the development of optimal plans for the best use of The President's Fund to provide for the urgent needs of all victims and survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations.

Khulumani rejects the use of The President's Fund for the benefit of a small subset of victims and survivors of gross human rights violations while the State arbitrarily overlooks the situation and plight of the thousands who suffered the same violations.

Khulumani calls on the President to end the discriminatory practice of providing for military struggle veterans while refusing to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of all non-military struggle veterans who suffered serious harm in the liberation struggle.

Khulumani commits to continuing to raise these issues in all available forums, national regional and international, until the State adopts inclusive and non-discriminatory reparations processes to address the harms of the past.

Khulumani and its members commit today to continuing the struggle for justice and equality in South Africa and calls on the State to remember the vision and the purpose of that struggle to ensure that injustices end in South Africa and the lives of all are improved.

May justice prevail in South Africa!

Accepted by: ____________________

On behalf of the President of South Africa, Honourable Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

On Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Witnesses: ______________________

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Khulumani Youth Forum Theatre is invited to the SEX ACTUALLY Launch & Several Workshops

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In Memory of Robin Williams

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A prayer posted by Christine Sine which she wrote while thinking about the impact Robin Williams (the actor in Good Will Hunting and many other films) whose death has been devastating for many following his suicide this week. Robin Williams took his own life in a battle with major depression. In Khulumani, we too know the terrible impact of brokenness and pain.

God we know the wounds our world can inflict,
And have felt the heartache of its brokenness.
Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear,
That pain can give birth to laughter,
That humour often hides our fears.
Let us look at sorrow and anguish and not blink.
Accepting responsibility let us become pilgrims in the ruins,
Choosing to respond with love and compassion,
To all who are hurting and in pain.

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