A special parliamentary committee to finalise reparations to apartheid victims and process new legislation on immunity for perpetrators is to be formally constituted on Monday.
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Speaker Frene Ginwala said she had been given the names of 19 members of the National Assembly and nine of the national council of provinces who would make up an ad hoc committee on reparations. "This committee will take matters further and specifically consider recommendations with regard to reparations for victims as required by the legislation," she said.
One of the first problems the committee could face is a submission against Mbeki's reparations proposals by victims' representative groups, Khulumani and Jubilee. The groups are suing foreign banks and companies for their co-operation with the apartheid state. Miranda Malele, Jubilee's national co-ordinator, said both groups had stated in their submission that the R30 000 is inadequate and had "rejected the president's offer of a one-off payment".
Included on the committee was the chairperson of the justice committee, Johnny de Lange, of the African National Congress, and Democratic Party spokesperson on human rights, Dene Smuts.
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