Early this morning, May 28, 2012, Mrs Selloane Phetane, Chairperson of Khulumani Sharpeville, was the guest on LESEDI FM's morning programme called Makumana (The News).
This is Khulumani's submission, dated 24 April 2012, to the Department of Justice with regards to the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, 1995: Education Assistance and Medical Benefits Regulations (proposed DOJ amendments – March 2012).
Khulumani is commenting on the present regulations which the TRC Unit is rushing to see implemented in the words of the TRC Unit, to spend the money that is available.
Khulumani mourns this extremely limited perspective when so much is possible with the existing money in The President’s Fund and when all the submissions made for better solutions, have not been interrogated to date.
On March 19 and 20, 60 participants from the East Rand and a further 140 Khulumani members from different areas of Gauteng travelled to the head office of the Department of Justice to ask for the ear of the Department in resolving many outstanding issues to which they had failed to respond over several years.
The pictures here capture the struggle of Khulumani members, active citizens who for the past 17 years have continued the struggle for comprehensive, non-discriminatory and adequate reparations; social reconciliation; against impunity and social justice.
The 200 Khulumani elders sheltered on the floor of the Anglican Cathedral halls for this advocacy action.
Khulumani calls on your office to re-open the processes of including all individuals who suffered the violations that were considered by the TRC and to provide all these individuals with the TRC-recommended reparation grant of R120,000.00.
Khulumani is grateful that our participation in the New Age-hosted Breakfast with the President, held at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town on 1 November 2011, resulted in a response written by officials in the TRC Unit in the Department of Justice, that expressed their 'irritation' with Khulumani for keeping on 'speaking out' about what is missing in their work.
Khulumani members have regularly called the Presidential Hotline to ask for the implementation of a comprehensive and inclusive reparations policy.
Khulumani wishes to draw attention to the fact that no physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services have been created specifically for the survivors of apartheid atrocities despite the South African government having ratified the United Nations Convention of the Right to Rehabilitation.
Khulumani's facilitator Nomarussia Bonase is presently in Indwe in the Eastern Cape, working with Khulumani members. She has managed to trace a number of the still 'unfound' TRC beneficiaries whose names appeared in newspaper supplements at the end of 2011.
In an interview published in the Witness on 21 November 2011, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA), has challenged the government on a range of current burning issues including failures in the delivery of reparations to victims of apartheid gross human rights violations.
Khulumani welcomes the growing awareness that apartheid reparations remain the unfinished business of the nation. The relevant excerpt from this interview follows: