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 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.
In South Africa’s young democracy the crisis in education has been a highly contentious topic. We understand that education is often heralded as the most important tool to escape poverty however, many structures bar learners from reaping the rewards of a quality education. Join us for an informative panel discussion
In recent years, prominent hashtags, conversations and movements have highlighted the grotesque effects and manifestations of Patriarchy. While these campaigns spoke about specific incidents and sectors of patriarchal violence in our society, there remains larger questions around our national consciousness; particularly that surrounding masculinity and violence.
The media was instrumental in advancing and entrenching the idea of non-racialism, an ideology to foster "nation-building" that we now see come undone with the radical shift, by the people, towards dismantling the unchanged systems of power that govern South African society. The media and advertising industry, however, is believed to be one of the most untransformed sectors, replicating a larger societal norm of exclusion and the preservation of power and privilege.
As a result of focusing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on violent human rights violations, there were alternative forms of justice that were ignored. South Africa did not address the impact that economic criminals and injustices had on the socioeconomic livelihoods of those who were disadvantaged during apartheid.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is supporting the call to re-open the hearings into Ashley Kriel’s death. Thirty years after his death, IJR implores the Hawks to thoroughly investigate the case in order to set a foundation to explore other questionable cases from the apartheid era.
Since the South African Reconciliation Barometer’s (SARB) inception in 2003, most South Africans have indicated their preference for a united South African nation. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation released the latest SARB findings in Cape Town this morning.
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.
On the 2nd of December 2017, a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Siyakha and the IJR to cement a working partnership between our two organisations. We hope that our relationship will increase our collective capacity for honest reconciliation and historical justice. IJR's relationship with Siyahka has grown from strength to strength and we look forward to further collaboration.