The FW de Klerk Foundation writes regular articles on topical issues, supports language and cultural rights and participates in the national debate on racial and cultural issues. The Foundation also promotes communication by holding conferences and workshops.
The FW de Klerk Foundation has learned with sadness of the death of Nadine Gordimer.
She was a giant of South African literature and was a prominent critic of apartheid before 1994. She continued to be critical of unconstitutional behaviour from any quarter in South Africa and was particularly opposed to any steps that might limit the freedom of the press.
In 1996, Eugene de Kock, the former commanding officer of the C1 counter-insurgency unit of the South African Police, was tried and convicted on 89 charges and sentenced to 212 years in prison.He subsequently applied for amnesty for these crimes from the Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
In an article that he wrote for Rapport last Sunday, Frans Cronje of the Institute for Race Relations quite rightly warned South Africans to plan for all eventualities.
The following press release by AfriBusiness provides a concise analysis of the ANC’s planned legislative assault on property rights. It also includes a practical plan to oppose this threat.
The central message of President Zuma’s second inaugural address is that, during the next five years, his new government will launch the "second phase of our transition from apartheid to a national democratic society.
I would like to thank the University of Haifa most sincerely on behalf of all the recipients of Honorary Doctorates for the honour that has been bestowed on us today.
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According to media reports, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is getting ready to introduce indigenous language courts "in an attempt to speed up justice" and "make courts more accessible".
A pilot project for indigenous language courts was run in 2009, but was stopped after an assessment by the Department. The Department stated last month that it was reopening the project.
According to the Department, the objective is to introduce and promote the use of indigenous languages in a few courts, then to expand to other courts.
The 21st of May is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
It is recognised to provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to "live together" better.
The South African Constitution fully recognises the diverse nature of our society and states that South Africa belongs to all who live in it - united in our diversity.