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.
IN NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH, KHULUMANI REQUESTS AN URGENT RESPONSE TO ITS UNCEASING ADVOCACY FOR JUSTICE, REDRESS, REPARATIONS & REHABILITATION
WE DEMAND REPARATION, REHABILITATION, AND REDRESS TO THE DAMAGE DONE TO OUR LIVES, in our apartheid past, and through the subsequent failure of our elected government to provide restitution and justice.
On Thursday 20 February, the Right2Know Campaign and SOS Coalition held a Civil Society workshop on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Green Paper in Johannesburg. Khulumani was represented by Ms Angela Tembo, Ms Gloria Fisher and Mr Frans Mogajane.
The paper addresses broadcasting, postal services, telecommunications, e-services, cyber security, e-literacy and universal access and service. The paper is proposed to help accelerate South Africa’s industrial policy.
Khulumani has learned that the members of the Khulumani Sharpeville Branch were on duty at the Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct on National Human Rights Day, 21 March 2014.
They were wearing their Khulumani T-shirts and had conversations with President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Justice, Mr Jeff Radebe after they had addressed the Commemoration that took place at the George Thabe Stadium.
Khulumani Support Group welcomes the release of Mr Ruki Fernando along with Father Praveen Mahesan after their arrest last Sunday, 16 March 2014 on charges under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Sri Lanka. Khulumani was the beneficiary of Mr Fernando's vast experience as a human rights defender in his own country over 6 months during 2013.
Khulumani notes that the PTA was enacted as a short-term measure of the Sri Lankan government in 1979 and has never been repealed despite its violation of founding principles of the country's Constitution.