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After the TRC: South Africa’s missed opportunity of prioritising mental health and psycho-social support

South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy this year. Last year, it marked the 20th anniversary of the submission of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to then-president Nelson Mandela. These are major milestones that warrant critical reflection. South Africans are trying to move out of the dark and long shadow [...]

By | Mar 6th, 2019|Categories: News|

Public called to #UniteAgainstRacism – ARNSA

The Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARNSA) has called on the public to support Anti-Racism Week from March 14-21. On Thursday, the group hosted its media launch for the week, where the theme, #UniteAgainstRacism, as well as some of the campaign activities, were made public. The launch took place at Constitution [...]

By | Mar 1st, 2019|Categories: News|

IJR endorses letter by former TRC Commissioners

Inquiry needed into political interference in post-TRC prosecutions - Sooka & Ntsebeza Former Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Office of Yasmin Sooka Foundation for Human Rights His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa Private Office of President Tuynhuys (Cape Town) CC. Honourable Minister Mike Masutha Deputy Minister John Jeffery 5 February [...]

By | Feb 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

Conversations about the past are crucial, but when and how also matter

South Africa will continue to be a country that promises much but shows little because of our unwillingness to have honest conversations about how the past is robbing us from a peaceful future, writes Stanley Henkeman. Human beings have since time immemorial tried to make sense of pain and loss of [...]

By | Feb 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon worsens the security situation in the Central Africa region

By Webster Zambara The recent election in Cameroon in which the long-serving octogenarian Paul Biya retained the presidency to extend his 36-year reign (by another 7 years) were marred by allegations of massive fraud, intimidation and low voter turnout. Nationally, only 54% of registered voters turned up. And in the [...]

By | Dec 18th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

The Land Question in the South African and Colombian Peace Processes

By Jonathan Cannard In November 2016 the Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos signed an agreement with the largest Colombian left-wing guerrilla organisation, ending a fifty-four year civil conflict. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army, known by its Spanish acronym FARC-EP, had waged the longest guerrilla struggle in [...]

By | Dec 18th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

White guilt doesn’t help anyone. It’s an unproductive endeavour that simply centres whiteness and is violent to Black and Brown people

By Ayesha Fakie Working in social justice especially in antiracism to form collective efforts to dismantle white oppression requires, many times, that we educate on the origins of white supremacy. While many know, especially in South Africa, a land infamous for Apartheid, that racism is a problem, the collective conscious, [...]

By | Dec 18th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

2018 in Review

2018 has been an epic year and in many respects. South Africa had to contend with a number of issues from the rise of Cyril Ramamphosa as the State President, to the discourses on land expropriation without compensation and the devastating reality of corruption, particularly through state capture.

By | Dec 18th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

The need for memorialisation in South Africa

Around South Africa there are many statues of struggle heroes and museums that contribute to commemorating a part of our divided history. Some would say that we do not need such depictions of our past, others say it is part of remembrance and collective memory is important to truth and [...]

By | Dec 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

Violent tactics undermine public trust in police

The National Planning Commission (NPC) noted this particular issue with regards to policing in South Africa in their 2011 report: "The decision to demilitarize the police force, moving away from its history of brutality, was a goal of transformation after 1994. The remilitarization of the police in recent years has not garnered [...]

By | Dec 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|
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