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On Easter Day Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over several decades I have lived in a number of different communities across Southern Africa.  Whilst the church has always said that Easter Day is the most important festival in the Christian calendar, my observation has ben that especially in poorer communities, Good Friday is the day which captures the popular imagination more than Easter Day.  People “get it” about crucifixion much more than the stuff about rising from the dead.  Of course it is true that we see crosses everywhere and not so many empty tombs.  Maybe the Cape Town Jazz festival is our secular Easter Day with its own food for the soul albeit a week early. Chief Albert Lutuli once said that those who think of themselves as victims eventually become the victimisers of others.   People give themselves permission to do terrible things to others because of what…
In 1990 an Anglican priest living in Zimbabwe was the victim of a letter bomb. He is in no doubt that it was sent to him by someone working on behalf of South Africa's apartheid government. Father Michael Lapsley lost both his hands in the attack. Listen to the interview... http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00q864k
Children and adults watched this week as an enraged crowd necklaced three men in Khayelitsha. Their crime - allegedly stealing a generator - was negligible compared to the punishment. No one stepped in to stop the killings. In our Healing of Memories workshops, we are still seeing people traumatised by having witnessed necklacings during the 1980s. Are we beginning the cycle all over again? Last week, three men’s bodies were found on a beach in Macassar after they were killed for allegedly stealing a plasma TV set. This week, residents of Grabouw tried to torch a school in a neighbouring community and went on a rampage of assault, allegedly because they themselves wanted a better education for their children. It is tragically ironic that this happened on the week we celebrated Human Rights Day. Education, and the opportunity to live in safety, are basic human rights, as is the right to a…
February 6 2012 By Mogomotsi Magome - Independent Newspapers Renowned anti-apartheid activist Father Michael Lapsley. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams Renowned anti-apartheid activist Father Michael Lapsley has bemoaned the culture of greed and corruption in SA, saying it is the biggest threat to the country’s prosperity.Lapsley was deeply involved in the liberation Struggle and was expelled from SA and forced into exile for his political activities. He lost both hands and sight of one eye when he was a victim of a letter bomb sent to him by the apartheid government while he was in Zimbabwe in 1990.Lapsley, an Anglican priest, told the Pretoria News on Sunday that the growing extent of inequality was a ticking time bomb for the country, and needed urgent attention.“The road to the project that we dreamt of during the liberation Struggle is very rocky and still very long. The main challenge we have is the growing…
A new home for the Institute, 5 Eastry Road, Claremont "May God bless you all in your work and give you strength to walk with those who struggle to come to terms with the past. "
Patron Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu 5 Eastry Rd 2nd Phase Fundraising and update Dear Friends I am excited to report that through the generous donations from all our friends and supporters, the Institute raised R335 566 for the 1st phase of the renovations to our new home. I am deeply touched and grateful for all your heart warming generosity and support.

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