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INDICTMENT AGAINST SRI LANKA
Remembering Black July '83
25 July 2008
More than 600 South African Tamils assembled at the Kharwastan Temple Hall in
Chatsworth South Africa to observe the 25th anniversary of Black July, Friday,
25 July 2008. The African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, Sisa
Njikelana from Gauteng Province, delivered the key note speech, comparing
developing situation in Sri Lanka to those in Rwanda and Brundi. The function,
organised by the Tamil Co-ordinating Committee of South Africa and presided by
Mr Vinoth Rajagopaul, was broadcast live on national radio station, Lotus FM
An audio visual presentation of events that unfolded in July 1983, and clippings illustrating the human rights violations against the Tamil people were shown to the audience.
South African Tamil youths gave dance and music programs that included Tamil Eazham songs.
Asserting that South Africans are prepared to express their
opinions publicly, Mr Sisa said: "[t]he looming tragedy of global inertia in
situations such as Sri Lankan conflict is a matter of grave concern. The same
occurred in Rwanda and Burundi – the world was just watching and dilly-dallying
whilst humans were butchering each other. There are times whereby my observation
leads to one conclusion i.e. the conflict in Sri Lanka is not a priority to some
of the key global players and therefore may just have to be “shelved” for the