IJR mourns the passing away of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the trade unionist, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai was a courageous leader of the opposition against Robert Mugabe’s political regime.
IJR welcomes the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. While there are concerns about the majority party’s process around presidential recalls – as it happened previously with President Mbeki – we regard Zuma’s resignation as being in the best interest of the country
IJR joins the call for the FPB to withdraw this banning, effective immediately, as we believe that denying someone of their right to be represented, heard and protected threatens our prospects of collectively reimagining a national consciousness that is characterised by accountability, inclusion, justice and the full realisation of another's humanity.
An IJR team together with The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are implementing the Action Plan for Peace by training 250 community peace workers in South Sudan
SAVE THE DATES - IJR invites you to its annual State of the Nation dialogue series which will run from 7- 20 February 2018. View the schedule for information on all events. Check our social media feeds for further updates.
South Africa’s political system, especially at this point in time with the Gupta and state capture narrative surrounding the race ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December, needs civil society voices like ours more than ever. Whether it is Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma or a dark horse candidate, the systemic and structural factors like unemployment, impoverishment and wealth inequality won’t go away. IJR, together with the rest of civil and activist society, will continue to keep government accountable and do the hard work of healing woundedness through community building. IJR’s Executive Director, Stan Henkeman, writes on how you can lend a helping hand to help support civil society as an act of political justice.
Since SARB’s inception in 2003, most South Africans have indicated their preference for a united South African nation. In addition, optimism about the potential for a more unified society follows a similar trend to the desirability of greater unity. However, the IJR’s most recent South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) survey show that only 56,1% of South Africans agree that South Africa has made progress in reconciliation since the end of apartheid. Elnari Potgieter, SARB Project Leader in the Policy and Research programme, identifies some of the major sources of social division in South Africa.
From 2012 through 2016, the IJR undertook a project, Building Integrated Communities, to test ways that reconciliation can be promoted and to develop a methodology from which anyone can learn. Its findings are now available in a single volume.
A conference on using social change to Build Inclusive Societies will follow the book launch on, from 01 Dec – 02 December 2017. During the conference, the IJR will sign an MoU with the Siyakha Community Healing Forum. The IJR’s Sustained Dialogues team shares this book, encapsulating 5 years’ of experiences and insights stemming from deep-rooted community-building through dialogue and capacity building
IJR to Launch ‘Pathways for Connections: An emerging model for long-term reconciliation in post-conflict in South Africa ‘
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation will be launching its book, Pathways for connections: An emerging model for long-term reconciliation in post-conflict in South Africa on the 30th of November 2017