KHULUMANI HONOURS TWO STALWARTS OF THE CONTINUING STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOUTH AFRICA
This past week, Khulumani has both mourned a loss and celebrated a milestone in the lives of two individuals whose efforts Khulumani has deeply appreciated in respect of advocacy for accountability and transparency towards providing equal justice for all in South Africa. They are Phiroshaw Camay who sadly passed away on 30 September 2016 after suffering a heart attack on 24 September 2016 and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who continues to struggle with ill-health as he marks his 85th birthday today (7 October 2016).
While we mourn the passing of Mr Camay, a lifelong activist for worker representation and subsequently for a critical role for civil society in post-apartheid South Africa, we honour the Archbishop on his 85th birthday, recognising his willingness to make stands that did not endear him to our political leaders after the transition from apartheid, because he believed in the cause of a just and inclusive reparations regime in South Africa and in the need for accountability from multinational companies that profited from their relationships with the apartheid regime.
Phiroshaw Camay (1947 – 2016). Pic: Commonwealth Foundation
Both Mr Camay and Archbishop Emeritus Tutu have made significant contributions to the continuing struggle to create a just world in which opportunities are equally accessible to all regardless of privilege and background - a cause that today's students have taken up.
As Khulumani, we commit to continuing the journey in which they have been our partners, towards the building of a world that works for the 99% who remain excluded from social and economic justice.