Statement on Human Rights Day

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Most public holidays in South Africa hold great historic significance as they serve as remembrances of a painful history as well as reminders of the long road ahead. Human Rights Day is one such day that serves as a moment of reflection & commemoration for those who lost their lives in the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. [...]

Seeing the ‘Other’ & being the ‘Other’

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Events, News|

The Anti-Racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA) is an alliance of organisations working to respond to racism in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation facilitated the formation of ARNSA and currently serve as the secretariat. On Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 10h00 – 12h00 the Western Cape Chapter of ARNSA cordially invite you and your [...]

SONA 2017: A Painful State of Affairs

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: News, Newsletter|

South Africa’s current state of division and anger is written in the past’s pain. Photo by: Sarah van der Walt After watching the 2017 South Africa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), I was not surprised by the array of cleverly worded headlines that followed, my favourite being, ‘State of Disunion’ spread across the Mail and [...]

Media Statement: Xenophobic Violence in Gauteng and the “March against immigrants” planned for Friday 24 February 2017

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: News, Press Releases|

IJR Media Statement 21 February 2017 The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) strongly condemns the “March Against Immigrants” planned for 24th February 2017, and the recent outbreak of Afrophobic violence across South Africa. Between 2008 and 2016, South Africa witnessed unprecedented levels of violence against foreign nationals which resulted in the loss of lives, the [...]

Press Release: A People’s State of the Nation Assessment, 7 February 2017

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: News, Press Releases|

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is to be delivered by the President at the annual opening of Parliament and focuses on current political and socio-economic state of the nation based on government assessments. But, we cannot assume that the address fully incorporates the views of the ordinary people of South Africa. Consequently, there is [...]

Where Do We Come From And Where Are We Going? – (Ex Quo Nos Et Quo Vadis)

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

The motto of the university I attended is “Respice, Prospice” (looking back, looking forward) which became real for students during the turbulent years of Apartheid to the dawning of the New South Africa.  It served as a reminder that while the past and present were filled with challenges being at university presented the wonderful prospect of [...]

SARB 2015 – Selected Findings: The Constitution And Respect For Mother Tongue Language, Cultural Practices

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

During December 2016, South Africa will be celebrating 20 years since the Constitution was signed by former President Nelson Mandela at Sharpeville, Vereeniging. This document – the supreme law of our country - underpins the democratic values of our society. The Constitution was regarded at the time of its promulgation as the most progressive constitution in [...]

2016’s Message To Humanity – Building Inclusive Societies Matters More Than Ever Before

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

We have an ethical responsibility, one human to another, to take seriously the gut-wrenching developments of 2016 and together chart a new course of human rights, peace, justice and dignity. Trumpism. Brexit. Duterte. Putin. Assad. ISIS. The ‘alt-right’. Post-fact journalism. Refugee exoduses. Xenophobia. On its own, each of these phenomenon presents a severe challenge to efforts [...]

Movement Art Provides New Pathways for Sustained Dialogue and Community Action

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

“Ninety percent of us were laughing the whole day! It is nice to be around such happiness.” “We have been ‘doing fun’...and now my mind is free.” “My mind is so clear I can think about other things. [Now I can] dream on!” “Speaking is healing.” “My mind is healed.” The 20 women from Warrenvale and [...]

20 Years of the SA Constitution – People, Institutions and Rights: Sometimes Hope gets quite tired

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: News|

IJR and KAS cordially invites you to a morning briefing on findings from the 2015 SA Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) Survey and 2016 SARB Mobile Survey, titled: 20 Years of the SA Constitution - People, Institutions and Rights: Sometimes Hope gets quite tired. Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 9h30 - 12h00 at the IJR offices.

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