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To: Bob van Dijk, Group CEO
Naspers must pay for its apartheid role
To establish an independent reparations fund for victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations.
To actively participate in working to complete the unfinished business of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
Why is this important?
Naspers, when given the chance to come clean during South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1996, refused to give a public account of just how deep its collaboration ran with the Apartheid government. The truth was never told.
While Naspers insisted that it had nothing to account for, a group of conscientious 127 journalists who had worked for the company, defied the company’s management and delivered individual submissions, expressing their disappointment with Naspers and acknowledging their role in upholding the system of Apartheid through their work.
The company's defense of the apartheid regime, and the hurtful way in which this complicity played out in the newsroom and boardrooms of the company makes the company party to gross human rights violations.