KHULUMANI PRESS RELEASE: Khulumani Support Group marks 20 Years since the Handing of the TRC Recommendations on Reparation and Rehabilitation for victims of apartheid gross human rights violations to President Mandela in Parliament on 29 October 1998: JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
SITES OF ACTION TODAY:
In Johannesburg, at the front door of the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 11:00
In Cape Town, in the Parliamentary Precinct where the memorandum of demands will be received by officials and handed to the leaders of every political party in Parliament
In small towns across the country, at the Desks of the Clerks of the Magistrates’ Courts for faxing to the offices of the President and the Minister of Justice.
KHULUMANI DEMANDS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE INCLUSIVE DELIVERY ON THE 1998 TRC RECOMMENDATIONS ON REPARATION AND REHABILTIATION TOWARDS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE COMMITMENTS FORGED IN OUR POLITICAL TRANSITION TO REALISE THE BUILDING OF A JUST, INCLUSIVE AND PEACEFUL SOCIETY (Mission of Khulumani Support Group)
Members of Khulumani Support Group will gather today from 10:30 at the front door of the Constitutional Court to demand that the 1998 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation are finally fully implemented towards ending the perpetuation of the transgenerational transmission of trauma and violence that has become institutionalised as a culture of violence in South Africa.
Khulumani members have been denied the justice and redress that is understood to be the only guarantee for realising a sustainable peace in our country in which recurrences of gross human rights violations do not recur. After decades of humiliation and traumatisation of ordinary citizens, whose blood was shed as they stood up in a powerful movement of largely non-violent resistance to the political oppression of the apartheid regime, the proposals to heal their wounds and to facilitate redress for the losses they sustained, have not been implemented as proposed by the TRC.
While a comprehensive set of benefits was adopted in Parliament for military veterans of the underground liberation movements, based to a large extent on submissions made by Khulumani Support Group to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, the role of community social activists in small towns across our country as the recommendations for redress of harms suffered, remain largely aspitational, and not practical.
No more time should pass before the TRC recommendations for healing victims, for repairing harmed communities and for providing processes in support of reconciliation, are embedded in an effective policy and its implementation. Without such a comprehensive and coherent policy on reparation and rehabilitation, the gulf of economic and social inequality will only widen further while citizens live with a deep sense of betrayal of the principles and values for which they stood. Our shared future has been shortchanged because of these betrayals by political office-bearers to fulfill their undertakings to make effective redress to restore not only political justice but also social, economic and cultural justice for all victims.
Khulumani demands the intervention of the President to include all victims of TRC-recognised violations (an estimated 120,000 individuals or their children) in a still-to be fnalised policy framework that eschews the continuing attachment of officials to the abitrary “TRC closed list” policy that provides access to remedies for only 22,000 iindividuals. All the wounds of victims of apartheid gross human rights violations need to be healed; their lives need to be repaired and they need opportunities to be reintegrated into what was to be the imagined, inclusive ‘new society’. Without these actions, citizens loss of trust in the state will deepen and widespread disillusionment will pervade their communities when they face the next generation who contiuously ask them: ”Were your efforts worthwhile?” “Would a violent revolution not be more effective?”
The dreams of a transformed society have never died – but their realisation has been suspended as many individuals have priortised their own greed over respect for equal access to resrouces and to opportunities for all citizens. This sorry state of affairs has limited the realisation of the reconciliation agenda in South Africa.
There can be NO RECONCILIATION WITHOUT REDRESS.
Issued by Khulumani Support Group: For contacts:
- Marjorie Jobson, National Director, Khulumani Support Group: Cell: 082 268 0223
- Nomarussia Bonase, National Organiser: Cell: 060 878 9778
- Selloane Phethane, Provincial Deputy Chairperson: Cell: 073 010 9285
- Colin de Souza, Cape Town Coordinator: Cell: 067 030 0539
>>> DOWNLOAD BELOW: MEMORANDUM OF DEMANDS as well as: Clarification of Khulumani Demands for Delivery of TRC Recommendations