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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the aftermath of South Africa´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions. >>

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With South Africa's fifth national elections around the corner, this edition asks whether politicking, by its very nature, has to be polarising.

Read about human rights in South Africa, South Sudan at a crossroads, and more.

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IJR mourns the passing of a creative spirit - OUMA GRIETJIE  : 2014-04-16


Ouma Grietjie

To hold onto values that keep us
human in the face of adversity, to
affirm ethical standards when others
are losing theirs, to show kindness
when many have resorted to malice,
and to embrace those who have
benefited from our loss – this is a
virtue that needs to be celebrated.

Reconciliation Award citation to honour Ouma Grietjie in August 2007

In 2007 the IJR conferred our annual Reconciliation Award on Ouma Grietjie, recogniSing the contributions she made as a cultural creative spirit from Namaqualand, Northern Cape. Moreover, she actively promoted the varied cultural expressions and indigenous knowledge of the people of that region to a wider audience and hence, she is hailed as a cultural icon and creative spirit.

Long may her spirit dwell among us!

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ELECTION DEBATE : 2014-04-14

We invite members of the public to participate in an election debate, which will specifically seek to address issues of intergenerational justice, in the run up to 7 May general elections.

Representatives from the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance, the Economic Freedom Fighters and Agang will debate how their respective parties intend to advance the interests and rights of youth in South Africa.

Date:  Thursday, 24 April 2014

Time: 17:00 for 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: IJR offices, 105 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Limited space available - Please RSVP to Ms Margo Newman on 021 202 4071 or mnewman@ijr.org.za 

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Afrobarometer Global Findings: THE STATUS OF AFRICAN WOMEN IN TUNIS TODAY : 2014-04-01

Africans’ support for women’s equality on the continent is widespread and growing. The latest Afrobarometer survey from 34 African countries reveal that almost close to three quarters surveyed citizens (72%) say women should have the same rights as men, rather than being subjected to traditional laws. However, the day to day reality for most women remains characterised by disadvantage and discrimination. And while most African governments get generally good marks for their performance in empowering women, the battle for equal rights and opportunities for women is far from being won, especially for women in North Africa.  

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Multimedia Commentary: PUBLIC PROTECTOR'S NKANDLA REPORT : 2014-03-20

Ayanda Nyoka, IJR project leader for Inclusive Economies, comments on two key issues relating to the Nkandla report. The first, which is significant for South Africa's democracy and political economy, relates to the role and importance of Chapter Nine institutions in democratic governance. Secondly, says Ayanda, "the Nkandla findings touch on the question of ethics and values in our society."

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