KHULUMANI WOMEN RISE UP
TO DEMAND JUSTICE AND REPARATIONS FOR
THE ABUSES AND VIOLATIONS WE HAVE ENDURED
FROM THE VIOLENCE OF APARTHEID AND PATRIARCHAL OPPRESSION
WOMEN DEMAND EFFECTIVE AND ADEQUATE REMEDIES
We, the members of Khulumani Support Group on the East Rand, demand
that our South African Government provide social and economic justice to
apartheid victims and survivors. We believe that a comprehensive and in-
clusive reparations process will form the key to peace, unity, reconciliation,
social justice and transformation.
We therefore call for the full implementation of the TRC recommendations.
We have waited too long for restitution: today victims and survivors contin-
ue to suffer and die from the effects of apartheid and post-apartheid human
It is the right of every victim to receive an effective remedy.
We demand that government desist from shamefully closing the door on
processes of providing restitution and reparation to all victims. We note that
the TRC process only recognized some 16,000 victims of gross human rights
violations. Khulumani’s database has more than three times that number
of victims on its records. The majority of those who suffered human rights
violations under apartheid have not received redress – this is a wound that
The wave of gender-based violence and rape that is sweeping the country is
in part a result of the damage done to people in South Africa and the failure
of the TRC to complete its business. The crimes of gender oppression and
sexual violence within the apartheid system were not addressed. These
issues still haunt us and our communities today.
Khulumani members request our government to urgently mandate Cabinet
to prioritise addressing the outstanding issues of the TRC urgently. Deeper
wounds will remain if the TRC processes are arbitrarily closed down. Our
people and our communities need healing based on the restoration of their
dignity, on their recognition and on the delivery of effective remedies. There
can be no going forward before the harm has been addressed. We have wait-
ed too long for government to make a commitment to reparations.
The time is NOW! No more delays!
Give all victims recognition and their due so they may all be included as
valued members of their communities.