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SA is a country of two nations – and evictions lay bare its injustices

Bulelani Qolani was bathing yesterday when he was forcefully removed from his home in Khayelitsha by the anti-land invasion unit of the City of Cape Town. The only discernible difference between the dehumanising evictions that occurred under apartheid and what happened on Wednesday is that the latter was filmed and shared by thousands on social media. Officials' contempt for human [...]

Jul 3rd, 2020|

IJR Media Statement: Dehumanising Evictions in Khayelitsha

Attention Media Houses: For Immediate Release 02 July 2020 IJR Media Statement: Dehumanising Evictions in Khayelitsha The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) condemns the dehumanising evictions that have occurred in Khayelitsha over the last two days. In an especially callous incident, the anti-land invasion unit from the City of Cape Town forcefully removed an individual from his home [...]

Jul 2nd, 2020|

Protecting Lives and Livelihoods – Views from the Inclusive Economies Project

As the country moves to level 3 of lockdown, the opening up of the economy comes as a welcome relief to all South African’s, including the most economically marginalised. While the Covid-19 crisis spreads through the country, the media has put on raging narrative inducing a dichotomy of lives vs livelihoods. Yet, whichever side of the debate you buy into, it is always the most vulnerable segments of society that will bear a disproportionate burden of losses to both lives and livelihoods.

Jun 30th, 2020|

Thoughts from IJR’s Executive Director

The answers are in the questions. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the single biggest event to confront the globe for the last one hundred years.  The world has moved on in leaps and bounds since the last global pandemic, yet, we were caught unawares.  There is no vaccine on the horizon and the world has seen over 440 000 [...]

Jun 30th, 2020|

The Central African Republic Elections and their Effect on the Current Peace Process

The upcoming 2020 presidential election in the Central African Republic (CAR) has the potential to derail the implementation of the 2019 Khartoum Peace Agreement and bring about a return to widespread conflict.

Jun 30th, 2020|

Zimbabwe @40: Dreams Alive, Dreams Deferred

On 18 April Zimbabwe celebrated her 40th Independence Anniversary. The occasion was largely overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ostensibly unending economic turmoil, yet not lessened in its significance. As the old adage goes, ‘life begins at 40’. And depending on who you ask, the significance of this important milestone has different meanings to different people. Triumph, hope [...]

Jun 30th, 2020|

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IJR Policy Brief 27: News in the COVID-19 crisis