The Khulumani Support Group, which represents 58 000 victims of human rights violations under apartheid, has welcomed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s call for a wealth tax on whites.
The group said it supported the tax on white people, which it said would reduce the growing gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa.
Khulumani said Tutu’s call echoed its own attempts to convince the government and South Africans to consider “the continuing impact of apartheid on those who had suffered injuries”.
“Khulumani supports the position of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu that redress measures should not only be symbolic, but also material,” the support group said.
“Such measures would recognise the real costs borne by many people who brought a different and better future to South Africa for all its citizens.
“Without special economic measures to help restore victims’ and survivors’ dignity, and facilitate their inclusion in the social and economic life of our proud nation, we can only anticipate a future characterised by ongoing social conflict and instability.”
The Khulumani Support Group was founded in 1995.
In 2002, a lawsuit was filed against multinational corporations that allegedly knowingly aided and abetted the commission of the crimes of apartheid.
Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos has also come out in support of Tutu’s call.
“Not only is a wealth tax on white South Africans who earn a minimum amount of money constitutionally valid,” De Vos wrote on his blog, Constitutionally Speaking.
“It is also an important and welcome idea that must be supported by all right thinking South Africans.”