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Khulumani mourns the passing on June 2, 2011 of Beloved MaSisulu

Taking measures to provide full and comprehensive reparations measures would be the most fitting tribute to Ma’Sisulu as a woman who shared the pain and suffering of victims and survivors.

 

Khulumani Support Group Mourns the Passing on June 2, 2011 of Beloved MaSisulu, a Survivor of Repeat Detention in Solitary Confinement during Apartheid and Calls for a Comprehensive and Inclusive Reparations Package to be Agreed as the Best Possible Tribute for MaSisulu

We join millions of South Africans in sharing the sad news of the passing of MaSisulu. We send our sincere condolences to her family. In doing so, we declare our ongoing commitment to the values and principles that informed MaSisulu’s lifelong struggle for human rights for everyone. MaSisulu modelled the belief that every life matters, regardless of race, class or gender. Her life was characterised by selflessness, courage and compassion and she worked tirelessly for a nation that would be characterised by social justice, freedom and respect for human rights, despite the personal cost of her commitment.

At the TRC’s Special Hearing on Women, MaSisulu told the story of how when she was in solitary confinement, she had been told that her child was in intensive care with pneumonia and that, if she did not give a statement, ‘you won’t bury the child’.” This threat must have been devastating for her, yet her unfaltering answer was that the child must be left to die, “if the nation is saved.” Thankfully, the threat had been a lie and none of her children died of pneumonia in intensive care unit.

MaSisulu, we honour your life. It will continue to inspire us in our work to restore the dignity of every person harmed by apartheid and to build a society that ensures that those who made stands against oppression, are assisted to overcome the terrible harms that tend still to characterise their lives.

We call on President Zuma to declare the opening of an ongoing registration process by the Department of Justice to identify and to recognize every victim who suffered a gross violation under apartheid. We call on President Zuma to support the inclusive and comprehensive reparations measures to assist individual victims with a reparations grant paid monthly over 5 years, allocated from the budgets of the National Treasury; to provide access to educational assistance and health benefits to all victims and survivors through special measures provide by the relevant departments; and to provide the recommended community reparations and rehabilitation measures that have been discussed with the Department of Justice.

Taking measures to provide full and comprehensive reparations measures would be the most fitting tribute to Ma’Sisulu as a woman who shared the pain and suffering of victims and survivors.

Khulumani’s submission on the recently gazetted reparations regulations will be released at the Press Conference to be held on June 8, 2011, the closing date for public comment, at 10:30 at the Board Room of CSVR in Premier Centre, Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town. The public are welcome to attend.

Hamba kahle, beloved mother.

Issued by Khulumani Support Group: Tel: 011 833 2044/5/6/7 Cell: 082 268 0223

Text Box: KHULUMANI SUPPORT GROUP Non Profit Organisation: NPO 008-135 National Contact Centre: 2nd Floor Khotso House 62 Marshall Street, Marshalltown P.O. Box 31958, Braamfontein 2017 South Africa Tel: +27-11-833 2044 Fax: +27 11 833 2048 info@khulumani.net | www.khulumani.net ‘From victims to active citizens’
6 JUNE 2011: PRESS RELEASE: Khulumani Support Group Mourns the Passing on June 2, 2011 of Beloved MaSisulu, a Survivor of Repeat Detention in Solitary Confinement during Apartheid and Calls for a Comprehensive and Inclusive Reparations Package to be Agreed as the Best Possible Tribute for MaSisulu

We join millions of South Africans in sharing the sad news of the passing of MaSisulu. We send our sincere condolences to her family. In doing so, we declare our ongoing commitment to the values and principles that informed MaSisulu’s lifelong struggle for human rights for everyone. MaSisulu modelled the belief that every life matters, regardless of race, class or gender. Her life was characterised by selflessness, courage and compassion and she worked tirelessly for a nation that would be characterised by social justice, freedom and respect for human rights, despite the personal cost of her commitment.

At the TRC’s Special Hearing on Women, MaSisulu told the story of how when she was in solitary confinement, she had been told that her child was in intensive care with pneumonia and that, if she did not give a statement, ‘you won’t bury the child’.” This threat must have been devastating for her, yet her unfaltering answer was that the child must be left to die, “if the nation is saved.” Thankfully, the threat had been a lie and none of her children died of pneumonia in intensive care unit.

MaSisulu, we honour your life. It will continue to inspire us in our work to restore the dignity of every person harmed by apartheid and to build a society that ensures that those who made stands against oppression, are assisted to overcome the terrible harms that tend still to characterise their lives.

We call on President Zuma to declare the opening of an ongoing registration process by the Department of Justice to identify and to recognize every victim who suffered a gross violation under apartheid. We call on President Zuma to support the inclusive and comprehensive reparations measures to assist individual victims with a reparations grant paid monthly over 5 years, allocated from the budgets of the National Treasury; to provide access to educational assistance and health benefits to all victims and survivors through special measures provide by the relevant departments; and to provide the recommended community reparations and rehabilitation measures that have been discussed with the Department of Justice.

Taking measures to provide full and comprehensive reparations measures would be the most fitting tribute to Ma’Sisulu as a woman who shared the pain and suffering of victims and survivors.

Khulumani’s submission on the recently gazetted reparations regulations will be released at the Press Conference to be held on June 8, 2011, the closing date for public comment, at 10:30 at the Board Room of CSVR in Premier Centre, Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town. The public are welcome to attend.

Hamba kahle, beloved mother.

Issued by Khulumani Support Group: Tel: 011 833 2044/5/6/7 Cell: 082 268 0223

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