Red Card Campaign and Khulumani in the Media

25 Jun

The Red Card Campaign has officially been running for three weeks and the response has been fantastic! With growing interest in our partner campaigns in Switzerland and Germany (and a fair bit of media coverage to boot), over 3000 visitors to the blog, and hundreds of people participating in activities at the People’s Justice Fan Centre we’re all thrilled by the success of the campaign thus far!

In the last week or so we’ve had a few major engagements with the media:

– Today, the Mail and Guardian features an excellent op-ed by Khulumani Advocacy Coordinator Tshepo Madlingozi, which focuses on the Constitutional Court case to secure the right for victims and survivors to call out their perpetrators as ‘murderers’ or ‘torturers’ even where these individuals received amnesty from the TRC. Check out that op-ed here.  (This story was also covered by the Pretoria News)

– Yesterday Khulumani Executive Director Marje Jobson was interviewed on SAfm’s Otherwise programme about the campaign and its importance for broader corporate accountability struggles.

– Last week, the Mail and Guardian published an investigative report on the work of the Khulumani group in Zamdela township, outside Sasolburg, who are trying to secure reparations from Sasol for the injuries caused, and killing of 77 workers, when Sasol called in the apartheid police force to break up a strike in 1987. For more on that struggle, see the story here.

A huge well done to everyone working on the campaign, and a plea to those following its progress to spread the word even further. As the world’s attention begins to turn to the G8 meeting in Canada, this is an ideal time to raise the importance of corporate accountability to the functioning of a just world!

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