khulumani-header-transparentkhulumani-color-logo-transparent

  • Written by  News24.com
  • Published in In the News
  • Read 2737 times

Tutu supports apartheid claims

"Johannesburg - Archbishop Desmond Tutu has spoken out for the first time against the SA government's opposition to claims by apartheid victims for compensation, urging a US court to go ahead with the case."

Johannesburg - Archbishop Desmond Tutu has spoken out for the first time against the SA government's opposition to claims by apartheid victims for compensation, urging a US court to go ahead with the case.

The Sunday Independent said that his plea was contained in an eight-page affidavit, in which Tutu, the former chairperson of the TRC, for the first time voiced frustration with the stance taken by the government of President Thabo Mbeki.

Tutu's statement to the New York District Court, where the reparation claims have been lodged against major international companies - which claimants said did business with the white minority regime - "pulls no punches", the paper said.

It added the government's "assertion that adjudication of these lawsuits would be at odds with the TRC, or otherwise undermine reconciliation in South Africa, is a non-sequitur".

"To the contrary," Tutu continued, "the obtaining of compensation for victims of apartheid, supplement the very modest amount per victim to be awarded as reparation under the TRC process, could promote reconciliation."

This would be done "by adressing the needs of those apartheid victims dissatisfied with the small monetary value of TRC reparations," Tutu said.

New York District Court judge John Sprizzo heard arguments in November from both claimants and defendants, indicating he would hand down judgment whether the lawsuits should go ahead by mid-February.

The list of companies accused includes US banking giants Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase, Swiss banks Credit Suisse and UBS, German companies Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, French banks Credit Lyonnais and IndoSuez, as well as industrial groups such as IBM, DaimlerChrysler, Novartis and ExxonMobil.

The case is seen as crucial for four separate lawsuits launched against multinational banks and companies which allegedly supported the apartheid state during the 1980s in contravention of UN sanctions.

Justice Minister Penuell Maduna asked the court in July to dismiss the suits.

Mbeki has in the past condemned the move, arguing that many of the companies cited were now assisting in South Africa's development.

@KhulumaniAfrica

Sun Nov 19 10:51:52 +0000 2017

10 years ago Khulumani members came to khulumani management to report rape and sexual assault that was perpetuated.… https://t.co/ovb3lGVayB
Fri Nov 17 11:04:16 +0000 2017

All for nothing? Nicole van Driel | 24 October 2017 Nicole van Driel writes on the shameful poverty of some... https://t.co/KQAfelCVm3
Sun Nov 12 06:11:55 +0000 2017

It would be good if Khulumani activists in Polokwane and surrounds could support the Kopape family when the case... https://t.co/ZJ1TdTvrxj
Fri Nov 03 07:37:45 +0000 2017

A 25 minute video by SABC Digital News of the Special Assignment edition of 30 October 2017, "Someone is to... https://t.co/stqNPyh4e6

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on Facebook