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On 15 June 2011, the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice received an acknowledgement of its submission on the draft reparations regulations presently open for public comment. The acknowledgement of receipt suggests that the submission will be used to review and to strengthen the regulations where this is feasible.

While we appreciate receiving an acknowledgement of receipt of the comments of the SACTJ, we are deeply concerned that there is no response to our request for an urgent meeting to discuss the submissions prior to any finalisation of regulations by the DOJ.

We are humbly requesting that this meeting take place prior to any finalisation of regulations and we would deeply appreciate a response to this request within the coming 7 days. Please find the response from Dr Jobson on behalf of the SACTJ below:

The South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ or the Coalition) submits the following comments regarding the May 11, 2011 General Notice 282 published in…
The Notice 282 regulations fall considerably short of addressing the needs of victims. The current reparations program lacks the accountability, transparency and accessibility required to…
The SACTJ makes the following recommendations:
i)          In the case of educational benefits, the draft regulations offer no definitive guidelines for determining the class of eligible “victims.” Instead, the draft regulations…
Funding for these reparation regulations is to come from the President’s Fund, established by the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act.[1] Providing community reparations…
The Annexure Request Forms are unnecessarily complicated to complete; these complex administrative procedures may adversely affect many victims. While the medical benefits regulations specifically provide…
The draft regulations establish a series of rigid definitional and eligibility standards that victims and their relatives and dependents will need to meet if they…
The closed victims’ list policy violates a number of international law instruments and is contrary to current best practices under customary international law. The government’s…
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