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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 members constituted a significant percentage of the audience in the debate that was screened on Sunday night, April 7 on SABC3. The programme raised issues of the extent of exclusion of nearly 50% of South Africa's population from what is needed for a life of dignity and contribution.

Minister Malusi Gigaba, Minister for Public Enterprises and a member of the ANC's Economic Transformation Committee, admitted that the many grievances expressed by Khulumani members who used the opportunity to speak out about the circumstances of their lives, were legitimate.

His plea that the underlying causes of the entrenched inequality in South Africa, were structural, were received less warmly by the audience who advocated that the Minister has power to make the right things happen for people.

This video contains extracts from an interview with Dr. Khotso de Wee from the Department of Justice's TRC Unit during the SABC TV News current affairs programme, Zwa Maramani which was aired on 2 April 2013.

In the interview Dr. De Wee talks about payments and reparations due to apartheid victims as proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The YouTube link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc2ZxVyVkno

 

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dr
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rhys as answering yes is it was abused she's a victim of a parked it probably
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like many other millions of south africans
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he was promised some
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fees that has not happened
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is this case a single
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will select case all
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uh... you meeting this type of uh... cases in your day-to-day work
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one from the point of view of the
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department of justice the
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a recommendation is that they handed over
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to being commanded by the department
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stated that they were about sixteen thousand eight hundred people
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who was supposed to pay six thousand i'm very happy that this thing bout
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supposed
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yes
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and we paid sixteen thousand seven hundred these people so you're saying
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upset
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we are left with about we have without well if we don't like that too far to
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trace
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ended up being used as people will speed things here
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how much of your week going
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now are much of you picked one big
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all you know and i think we've paid an amount of about five hundred and fifty
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million aren't talking about individually are much more than two
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thousand thirty thousand purpose
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members this other remark which the sentiments referring to
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uh... which are recommendations windy conditions at
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their chesi recommendations like you who makes a lot of commendations they want
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to commend patiently in fake tree symbols and monument yes
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you're aware of number of means that they've been yet i think that's all it
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is gentlemen is not reversed adrian fredonia monotonous maybe
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probably once a month but probably what are the better
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it looked like it
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terrific in induces man
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when dresden bt accepted that accommodations for that yes
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yes he did indicate that he's got money on aol that involve custodes woman's
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coal mining
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well that's unfortunate because
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if he's declared a victim
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we are also
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and responsibility
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classiest his children
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uh... with regard to each occasion
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both basic in haiti josiah victoria or staff call
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offer a medical assistance
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clinton so far as thirty thousand is constant
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alopecia mistral
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pay you might be strictly in if used it dedicated
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yes he was um... music and he's a racist race whether he case of the two thousand
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his state of the thirty thousand is interest is
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apart that requirment it
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among which they t_r_ seat-mate and now you're saying that there was several
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accommodations which included monuments and all that this man does not need a
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stitch
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inmates
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we are all only
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allowed
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intense of government policy
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copay victim said two thousand nothing more nothing whatever we want our very
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uh... a little maturity away perform sparkles
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to deliver what she has the report
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jesse report which you like the such a wonderful meaning everyone on bypassed
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one only inaudible in the local only
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it
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it's on the included those in in a little buddy will force fall for six
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years
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orchid deployment
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do monuments is one of the dog was in my view is easy on him on his isn't someone
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is not a lovely article gets on well na na na with chicks
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neither of them when you then snow the monies for coming and i see you're
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shaking your head when it first on the computer files
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as it's not a bad though i say you love me miserable as we have heard from time
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to put what are you saying it is a big boom and that is disabled groups always
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talking about one inflate forgetting where he was uh... so terrible people
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we have witnessed uh... across the polls
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there may be some hero center or inspecting rest from that area
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but if you allow me to explain adn part of the recommendations of blood from
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symbol sandman demands
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is that will uh... we are out we have been too quiet as government
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classy sweets
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medical assistance as well as south africa's of social assistance
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in this context we have prepared three sets of triplets since one pallet and
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basic education an allied cation
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and i'd like him
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decided that i saw you somehow he vetoes abroad that day
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and informed that the minister of basic education is now concerned that the
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conclusions that the minister of justice caved in
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so i think uh...
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very soon will be evaded classically basic education
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eleven used as maybe d_d_t_ that mightn't indo fever tic
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he will run the mini step of heroes of the minister of high education
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who have consent that free trade relations soccer and i know it is moving
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them so i can safely say
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by may
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which would be almost a year to assist
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basic education with how education as has them
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but i wanted to indicate ah... on the question of movements
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the have nothing to oprah com and defused that would mean that they've
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been abducted
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and their government continues to call me communication
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that one hundred twenty permanent east that they've been identified in kasagic
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pots
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and to date air with the amount of money that we have
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and willful negligent will or respecting
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with eighteen communities have approved the protocol what has been the budgeted
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for this
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the total amount of the total amount that is a good prisons from the seller
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can be done
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market and
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and with regard to calm and seventeen from
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we have set aside an amount of five hundred million that will be using for
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eighteen coleman kissing on him and principal texas lower profits begin that
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would translate into projects of between pink and in fact megan okinawa doctor
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david as this room of back those money too
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the tune of five hundred revealed
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which and your department supposedly wants to know
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and other services some off which include every five dash mint of uh...
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municipal buildings federal and about that buildings do you know about that
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in a friendly that's fantastic because of the um...
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we have never
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that's taking him on with mine
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mhm to invasive plant
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what people have provided a fifteen tr is the fact that
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as part of competition yes respectively communities and cody
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linings monday loading and how they select center
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that papon's of
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those consultations
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just looking to deptford they'd ask what many teeth
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that had been nagging deflecting t acid reflux
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watch amount will be allocated and therefore common piece must decide what
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is it
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than the one from we do some arms
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as part of common to have been the case will continue to spend every decides
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that blood on the spot infrastructure company absolutely back this mill monday
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several mumbling at around that i saw
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yet and that's a sees fantastic in the in the indymedia
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that day
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lived on said in a mob of one percent moves like this one side smokers
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that's fine too so that may not even on somebody's migration
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doesn't step in
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a lot of uh... inconsistent sincere in terms of uh... outcomes of the
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the tfc at
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in that
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they are the people
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record mandate for prosecution
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and or other cases that we recommend that the prosecution that did not happen
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what is this story
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well at the end of the
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national prosecuting authority
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has been given a mandate who
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leads the prosecution off
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typically test of crimes that way committed using the aback eatery
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at my understand all of the process is as follows
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that you have seen
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as identified
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aprox may confront incident seven people is missing
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their national prosecution authority was there for monday date
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cassette that that missing persons test team
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was responsibility is to find the missing people
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now qualified as having seven people
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the missing persons tested
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as send us cindy's has now found eighty five people has examined eighty five
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people
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and their burrows says these that based on those exhume asians
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they have a responsibility to talk about that forensic evidence
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that could be denby used by president castro prosecute we have a
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is deemed
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to get responsible for these two sentences off on a kind
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let me thank you very much for the time
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helpful thank you
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for guitar according to reports

At the end of March 2013, the Legal Resources Centre sent a letter on behalf of the member organisations of the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ) to the Minister of Justice requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the DOJ's plans presently being implemented to disburse R500 million of the Victims' Reparation Fund, the President's Fund, into eighteen municipalities for infrastructure renovation.

BREAKING NEWS from The Philippines: Khulumani welcomes the news of the signing into effect of a new reparations law in the Philippines on the twenty-seventh anniversary of the ending of the Marcos regime.

With thanks to Mr Ruben Carranza, Director of the Reparative Justice Program of the International Center for Transitional Justice, New York. 

The report, The Hidden Epidemic amongst Former Mineworkers: Silicosis, Tuberculosis and the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, produced by Jaine Roberts and published by the Health Systems Trust in June 2009, highlights the failure of the TRC's Business Hearings to hold mining companies accountable for the health impacts of their activities on mineworkers.

The National Dialogue on Reparations: A Critical Tool in Dealing with our Past and Building our Future, was held at UNISA in Pretoria on December 4-6, 2012.

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ICTJ podcast of an interview with ICTJ Senior Program Adviser Howard Varney, a practicing advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, who worked with the TRC and continues to represent victims of past conflicts in the courts of South Africa to vindicate their rights.

The National Dialogue on Reparations: A Critical Tool in Dealing with our Past & in Building our Future that will be held in Pretoria on 4, 5 and 6 December 2012.

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