Fonds BC1408 - Home For All Campaign

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Home For All Campaign


  • 2000-2003 (Creation)

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From news24, 16 December 2000: The Home for All Campaign was launched at a National Day of Reconciliation gathering at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Saturday.

The initiative was formed by a group of non-partisan white South Africans who believe it is necessary for whites to acknowledge the damage apartheid had caused.

Former Ambassador to Netherlands Carl Niehaus and former Black Sash president Mary Burton are joint chairpersons of the initiative.

"It is necessary for whites to acknowledge the damage caused by apartheid and its legacy, to support the empower of disadvantaged communities and to contribute to eliminating racism," Niehaus said at the meeting, which was convened by the Human Rights Commission and presided over by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane.

He said the "home for all" initiative recognised that apartheid forced black South Africans off their land and from their homes.

The campaign also called on white South Africans to be actively involved in the reconstruction and development of the country.

"We are humbled by the remarkable forgiveness and generosity that many black people have shown towards the perpetrators of apartheid, Niehaus told the gathering which included SA Human Rights Commission chairman Barney Pityana and Education Minister Kader Asmal.

"We hope that our campaign facilitates further reconciliation, but we do not demand from anyone to forget or forgive the terrible things that were done in the name of apartheid," Mary Burton said.

She said although the campaign was a response by whites to racial divisions in South Africa, they also recognised inequalities based on class and gender.

A "declaration of commitment by white South Africans" was released with the names of those who had signed it, acknowledging that apartheid inflicted massive social, economic, cultural and psychological damage on black South Africans.

Burton said a development and reconciliation fund would be established to enable whites to make constructive contributions to the building of a "home for all". - Sapa

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