Judy Seidman will represent Khulumani Support Group at the Colombian Dialogue for Peace being hosted in Colombia between April 18 and 22, 2013.
Khulumani is proud to be invited to participate in this very important new platform in which civil society actors are coming together to strategise on alternative approaches to securing lives of dignity for grass roots communities in the struggle to construct sustainable and stable paths towards just, equitable and democratic societies.
In the month in which South Africans celebrate Freedom Day, 27 April, there will be a focus on the continuing struggle of survivors of apartheid gross human rights violations for reparations at three venues in the United Kingdom.
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
Video of a recent episode of Insight titled "Healing".
In a tense and dramatic exchange, Shirley Gunn (Khulumani Board Member) talks directly with former Apartheid Minister Adriaan Vlok, responsible for framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. His actions led to Shirley spending a traumatic stint in jail.
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.
Zweli Mkhize represented Khulumani at last week's preparatory meeting between government and CSOs in preparation for the upcoming sitting of the ACHPR.
The commitment of government to hosting these meetings is a very welcome development. Thank you to Ms Corlett Letlojane of HURISA for her unceasing efforts to build more collaborative relationships between government departments and civil society in the context of advancing human rights practices in South Africa and across the continent.
The ICTJ presentation IN SEARCH OF TRUTH: Creating an Effective Truth Commission illustrates the unresolved issues after the end of the South African TRC. (View image gallery below)
Khulumani's Advocacy Adviser and Board Member, Mr Tshepo Madlingozi is currently in Tunis to attend the World Social Forum, currently underway.
The WSF is the space where local actors from across the world come together to exchange experiences regarding their work related to the overarching theme of the World Social Forums - "Another world is possible".
Ten long years after President Mbeki was handed the final report of the TRC on Human Rights Day 2003, apartheid victims who have yet to be recognised as having suffered gross human rights violations, now face the injustice of the resources in the victims' reparations fund being disbursed to municipalities for the proposed renovation of infrastructure.
The Khulumani Forum Theatre Group is currently creating a Forum Theatre production that highlights the oppression of women and children through the use of violence. On International Women's Day, 8 March 2013, the group presented some of their work using Image Theatre on Park Station Bridge in central Johannesburg.
They joined other concerned citizens who had gathered in Rissik Street as a part of the Drumming Campaign (organised by mehlo-maya) to voice outrage at the level of violence in our society.