In her preface to Karina Turokâ€™s book, <i>Life and Soul: Portraits of Women Who Move South Africa</i>, Mamphela Ramphele celebrates the strength of women, their resilience and resolve in the face of adversity. Echoing an earlier period of womenâ€™s struggle Ramphele reminds us of the resolute spirit that inspired 20Â 000 women to march to the Union Buildings in a direct challenge to apartheid oppression.
Five South Africans were last month invited to address the first international conference on Restorative Justice and Peace in Colombia: Albie Sachs, Tutu, Penuell Maduna, Tokyo Sexwale and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. "One could say we were in Colombia as ambassadors of South Africa's peaceful transition," writes Gobodo-Madikizela.
The enactments of troubling incidents, such as necklace murders, that are beginning to emerge around South Africa are perhaps a cathartic way of putting into action the struggle to find language that expresses the frustrations, helplessness, disempowerment and dire poverty of people whose lives have become meaningless.
Forty-three people were shot dead in the first six months of this year in the Western Cape’s intractable taxi violence, while close to 100 have been arrested and 40 are on court rolls in connection with the conflict