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29 Jul 2015

Matthew le Cordeur, Fin24 (So. Africa)

So. Africa: Apartheid victim group calls on Naspers to establish reparations fund following apology for "complicity in a morally indefensible political regime"

'Call for Naspers/Media24 to pay for apartheid role', 29 Jul 2015: A support group for victims of apartheid…[has] called on Media24 and Naspers to create a fund for victims of gross human rights violations after the media company apologised for its role in apartheid...“We acknowledge complicity in a morally indefensible political regime and the hurtful way in which this played out in our newsrooms and boardrooms,” said Media24 CEO Esmare Weideman at the [company’s] 100-year celebration…Khulumani…director Dr Marjorie Jobson said the group “congratulates the Afrikaans media…and welcomes…Weideman's acknowledgement of its past complicity in defending…the ‘morally indefensible political regime’ of apartheid and the hurtful way in which this complicity played out in the newsroom and boardrooms of the company”…Khulumani…called on Naspers “to complement their acknowledgement…by establishing an independent reparations fund for victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations to support the endeavours of survivors to surmount…the continuing constraints that are the legacy of the apartheid system”…