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An Incomplete Journey towards
Repairing South Africa
Marjorie Jobson
Class of 1975
A Beginning: A Campaign to End the Death Penalty
in South Africa
Sikhumbuto Memorial to the
‘Hanged’ at Freedom Park
The I...
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission: 1996 – 1998
An Incomplete Outcome:
Unfinished Business
The failure of justice & the...
Reconstructing Societies after
Trauma & the Role of Victim Agency
Build public understanding of the causes &
consequences ...
Engaging our histories to develop
a historical consciousness
Former Home of Chief Lobengula in Fingo Township, Grahamstown
A Khulumani Poster Exhibition subtitled “From the power of black to the power of bling”
The capacity of South Africans to ignore tragedies unless they are directly affected
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Youth from the comic collective voice their understandings of the reasons for our educ...
Creating Platforms for Participation:
The Fingo Festival
Khulumani supports the initiation of a world class festival in Fi...
Towards Accountability
• A struggle for accountability:
• A new judicial inquest for
Dr Neil Aggett
Being advanced by memb...
KSG Database Report 2006
Building an Archive
The Khulumani Apartheid Archive
Mobile survey training 2009
Teaching Data Collection Skills
Analysing Data
Working with story & memory
Remembering the ‘Green Blanket’
Supporting Marikana Widows to
Claim their Voices
Connecting with Labour-Sending Areas
Developing collective contributions to
community
Facilitating the development of civic competence skills
towards deepening...
Promoting Citizen Agency:
Supporting Citizen-led Action for Achieving
Socio-Economic Rights
“The struggle today is against poverty” & exclusion
The challenge of
supporting people to
build sustainable
livelihoods th...
Reckoning with our experience of the TRC
• The past 20 years have been a 20-year transition that has benefitted
beneficiar...
Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South
Africa: Songezo Zibi, Editor, Business Day
• The call for a movement to
repair ...
Help Repair South Africa:
#RepairSA
• The only nationwide
membership group
advocating for justice and
redress for survivor...
When Justice Fails
• Growing citizen disillusionment with failures to secure aspirations of dignity &
equality through res...
Reflections from a Poet
there will be a better time
when time has run out for liars
for those who take and take and take f...
Conclusion
• There is no force stronger than the collective will of the people to be
free
• Citizen-driven, self-determine...
Opportunities for Repairing South Africa 20 years after the TRC
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Opportunities for Repairing South Africa 20 years after the TRC

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As the country gears up for a year of intensified advocacy for the resolution of the many issues left incomplete by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the eve of the 20th Anniversary of the commencement of the TRC's work in 2016, the continuing challenges that have resulted from the failure to complete the work initiated by the country's TRC, were presented to the UCT Medical Class of 1975 at its reunion on Saturday 21 November 2015 in Cape Town.

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Opportunities for Repairing South Africa 20 years after the TRC

  1. 1. An Incomplete Journey towards Repairing South Africa Marjorie Jobson Class of 1975
  2. 2. A Beginning: A Campaign to End the Death Penalty in South Africa Sikhumbuto Memorial to the ‘Hanged’ at Freedom Park The Isivivane
  3. 3. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission: 1996 – 1998 An Incomplete Outcome: Unfinished Business The failure of justice & the transgenerational transmission of trauma
  4. 4. Reconstructing Societies after Trauma & the Role of Victim Agency Build public understanding of the causes & consequences of political violence Build a culture of accountability in place of denial & impunity Restore human dignity through redress measures
  5. 5. Engaging our histories to develop a historical consciousness Former Home of Chief Lobengula in Fingo Township, Grahamstown
  6. 6. A Khulumani Poster Exhibition subtitled “From the power of black to the power of bling”
  7. 7. The capacity of South Africans to ignore tragedies unless they are directly affected
  8. 8. Developing Critical Thinking Skills Youth from the comic collective voice their understandings of the reasons for our education failures
  9. 9. Creating Platforms for Participation: The Fingo Festival Khulumani supports the initiation of a world class festival in Fingo township during the annual National Arts Festivals
  10. 10. Towards Accountability • A struggle for accountability: • A new judicial inquest for Dr Neil Aggett Being advanced by members of the Neil Aggett Support Group with the coordination of Khulumani Support Group
  11. 11. KSG Database Report 2006 Building an Archive The Khulumani Apartheid Archive
  12. 12. Mobile survey training 2009 Teaching Data Collection Skills
  13. 13. Analysing Data
  14. 14. Working with story & memory
  15. 15. Remembering the ‘Green Blanket’
  16. 16. Supporting Marikana Widows to Claim their Voices
  17. 17. Connecting with Labour-Sending Areas
  18. 18. Developing collective contributions to community Facilitating the development of civic competence skills towards deepening participatory democracy in South Africa.
  19. 19. Promoting Citizen Agency: Supporting Citizen-led Action for Achieving Socio-Economic Rights
  20. 20. “The struggle today is against poverty” & exclusion The challenge of supporting people to build sustainable livelihoods through the construction of local living enterprises, defined as “a community of people who implement collaborative and human-scale ways of making a living.”
  21. 21. Reckoning with our experience of the TRC • The past 20 years have been a 20-year transition that has benefitted beneficiaries of apartheid (white people) and a small layer of the black elite. • We have not achieved the transformation of our society. • The major challenges for us remain growing poverty and inequality, a still flagging process of land redistribution, a lack of a genuine social reconciliation with meaningful coexistence and a durable peace.
  22. 22. Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa: Songezo Zibi, Editor, Business Day • The call for a movement to repair South Africa • South Africa is a broken society. What will it take to give it a purpose & strength to face an initially difficult future, but one which can have so much reward for future generations. • The hope is for a renewal characterised by just access to opportunities for all, the equitable distribution of resources & the freedom to succeed in all areas of life.
  23. 23. Help Repair South Africa: #RepairSA • The only nationwide membership group advocating for justice and redress for survivors and victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations, as well as their families. • We also stand up for people who suffer post-apartheid human rights violations. • Before we won our democracy, we were part of a struggle to achieve a just society. • Through that struggle we won our Constitutional Democracy. • But the struggle for liberation for all who live in South Africa is not yet complete.
  24. 24. When Justice Fails • Growing citizen disillusionment with failures to secure aspirations of dignity & equality through restitution & redistribution measures. • Intensification of social problems of poverty, unemployment & inequality (PUI) – 48% of population live in households with income less than R500.00 (US$50) per month. • Failure of transformation – one immoral & inhumane system replaces another – political inefficiency & corruption & an excessively powerful, self-serving economic system orientated to the global economy. • THE CONSEQUENCES: Failure to address collective trauma through justice remedies usually results in a return to collective violence
  25. 25. Reflections from a Poet there will be a better time when time has run out for liars for those who take and take and take from others, take forever! and keep taking for themselves alone time has run out when we say no! no more – No is not a word but an act, remember that - ! Mongane Wally Serote
  26. 26. Conclusion • There is no force stronger than the collective will of the people to be free • Citizen-driven, self-determined nationhood with the consent of the governed is important to achieve. This starts in the minds of the people. • This is a continuing struggle for social justice, full equality, a fair economy, and stable and equitable statehood. • This is the struggle of Khulumani Support Group

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