Launched in 2000, the IJR is celebrating 20 years of its existence this year and will mark this milestone by hosting events that will not only highlight its achievements but also reflect on some of the challenges it has encountered over the years. These events will also acknowledge and thank all the key stakeholders, past and present, who have partnered with the IJR.
The year 2020 is also significant on multiple levels for South Africa’s post-apartheid journey. It follows on a year that marked 25 years of freedom as well as the 18 years since the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC – originally set to run from 1995 – 1998 but was extended to 2002). While 1994 marked the dismantling of the Apartheid political structure, the TRC in 1996 marked a coming to terms with the social aspect of apartheid’s impact on its citizens and was seen as essential for the nation-building.
For the past 20 years, therefore, the IJR has been at the centre of that journey of facing the past and nation-building, as it attempted to ensure that lessons from our Apartheid past were not repeated and that South Africa moved forward.