Ramaphosa Under Pressure to Support Reparations for Apartheid Victims

12/17/2018

Victims of apartheid-era atrocities have demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa include some 80,000 people as beneficiaries of the President’s Fund, so they may receive reparations and have their dignity restored. In a letter to Ramaphosa, the Khulumani Support Group—an organization which supports apartheid-era victims and activists—has urged that a meeting must be held to address victims excluded from receiving reparations. “We request your intervention in the stalled process of delivering on an inclusive reparations policy that has kept the lives of our members in bondage since the release of the TRC recommendations twenty years ago,” the letter reads. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) had recommended that victims of apartheid should receive a monthly grant of up to R 2,000 for a period of six years. But, during former President Thabo Mbeki’s term, the promised grants were replaced by a one-time payment of R30,000. Moreover, while payments have so far been made to 17,408 beneficiaries, Khulumani claims that there are 80,000 more victims who have yet to be listed as claimants.

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