Report submitted by Freedom Ngubonde on his activities as Fieldwork Coordinator for Khulumani Support Group in the National Contact and Support Group in Johannesburg during January and February 2008.
16 JANUARY 2008
Meeting with the programme advisor of the CSVR – Peace Building project to discuss the success of the internships of former anti-apartheid combatants who were placed as interns at Khulumani Support Group:Mr. Vusi Cilo;Mr. Bongani Maphosa;Mr. Molefe Mafole;Mr. Dannyboy Motale;Mr. Mpumelelo Rulumente;Miss. Mamohau Lekeka. The evaluation was to establish the success of the former combatants' work at Khulumani and which difficulties arose during the period of the internship that started from October 2008 till December the same year.27 JANUARY 2008 Theatre performance at Hector Peterson's Memorial Museum with Khulumani Support Group's Theatre Youth Group. 24 students from overseas watched the performance accompanied by Dr Marjorie Jobson, Khulumani's Executive Director. The performance started at 14h30 – 15h15, followed by an educational tour walk to Emeritus Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu's house, which included passing and visiting Nelson Mandela's house at Orlando West.
31 JANUARY 2008
Khulumani Support Group and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation presented the report on the internships of the six former combatants at CSVR boardroom to other stakeholders. Four of the former combatants presented their work very well; one could not be present due to family commitments and another dropped out of the internship still not able to cope with the trauma caused by the political conflict of the past.
08 FEBRUARY 2008
On 8 February 2008, 80 Khulumani Support Group members picketed outside the parliament in Cape Town during the Annual State of the Nation Address by President Thabo Mbeki. The police arrested 24 members but they where later released due to th eintervention by Khulumani's lawyer – Mr. Charles Abrahams. Khulumani members protested against the government's lack of support for the victims and families of gross human rights abuses at the hand of the apartheid government in South Africa.
10 FEBRUARY 2008
Meeting with Kutsong victims at Nayaboswa Primary School in Kutsong from 11h00 – 14h00. 45 members attended the meeting from all Kutsong sections. Kutsong members pointed out that their problems are not being solved by cdrtain government departments especially the ‘Police Department”. They want to resolve their cases and requested Khulumani to support them. Issues of Disappearances are there main problem, including torture issues. The Kutsong victims' special former combatants need to be assisted with the issue of “Special Pensions Fund and the Unfinished Business of the TRC”. Kutsong victims agreed that on the 09 March 2008 “Greater Kutsong Branch will be launched and Khulumani Contact and Support Centre may assist them with resources. An Interim committee has been appointed. Committee members are:
- Zuzile Ganta – Main Co-ordinator;
- Hviva Mogagabe;
- John Mathe;
- Sandile Matati;
- Dimakatso Smaye;
- Thembi Mthimkhulu;
- Rebecca Binda;
- Paulinah Mogale;
Khulumani Support Group Contact and Support Centre express its thanks to Zuzile Ganta for his commitment of representing the Greater Kutsong Victims till their first meeting with the KSG – Fieldwork Co-ordinator.