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Monday, 20 February 2012 10:33

The proposals for The President's Fund: The fund for much-needed 'Community Reparations'

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This is an abstract from Khulumani's Submission to the President for his SONA (State of the Nation Address) 2012.

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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.

We are grateful, however, that it led to the publication in several newspapers including in the Daily Sun of a supplement that made public the list of TRC-identified beneficiaries who had not yet been traced by the TRC Unit in the nine years since the promulgation of provisions for reparations. This has meant that many Khulumani members have been able to finally engage in tracing these individuals so that they may finally receive the R30,000.00 provided for them in the regulations.

Since 2003, Khulumani has struggled to ensure that the President's Fund is dedicated to the delivery of 'community reparations' in line with the proposals submitted by Khulumani to the Department of Justice on 13 December 2010 in a workshop hosted by that Department. These are the provisions that all struggle veterans including former military combatants and ex-political prisoners agree provide better for them to rebuild their lives than any proposals presently on the table.

Khulumani also submitted proposals in response to the call for public comment on government proposed reparation regulations that were published in the Government Gazette of 11 May 2011. Over 2,000 individual victims and survivors sent the Department of Justice their responses. Khulumani is deeply concerned that these submissions appear to date to have been ignored.

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