You are cordially invited to a seminar entitled, Dealing with the Missing in Two Settler Colonies, Canada and South Africa.
Presenter: Dr Madalena Santos, Faculty Staff, Department of Sociology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Date: Friday, 11 March 2016
Time: 10:30 for 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: SACC (SA Council of Churches) Chapel, 1st Floor, Khotso House, 62 Marshall Street, Johannesburg 2107
Dr Santos, a sociologist attached to Carleton University, has been involved with Khulumani Support Group in a research project that explores how affected families and communities in South Africa have been dealing with the issue of missing remains of the politically disappeared and the presumption that there are hundreds of unidentified (and undisclosed) burial sites across the Southern African sub-region. This work is one component of a comparative study into the disappeared indigenous Canadian children who died at Indian Residential Schools in Canada over the many decades of their existence and of political activists who disappeared and were likely killed under South African Apartheid.
All affected families have an established right to the truth and to an effective remedy. The right to know the truth about abuses suffered, includes the right to know the identities of the perpetrators of this continuing crime and the ultimate fate or whereabouts of the forcibly disappeared. This is the right that was denied to the family of Ms Nokuthula Simelane for the past 33 years. It is hoped that the identities of those responsible and the whereabouts of her body will finally be disclosed in the court proceedings due to commence on 29 March 2016.
Please join us for this information-sharing session.
For information, please call the Khulumani Support Group Office: 011 833 2044/5