Social justice refers to the concept of a just society. It is based on the idea of a society which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society.
Times of conflict are not the only instances in which great suffering, pain, and anguish are inflicted upon humanity. Indeed, history has shown us that injustices can, and do, occur during times of relative peace and calm. It is therefore essential for the growth of a just society in South Africa, that activism does not end with the eradication of Apartheid, but continues with a different struggle- one aimed at defining the type of society that we as citizens of this country choose to live in. Peace brings with it many challenges, a major challenge being the complacency of its citizens to participate in framing and building our new society. All citizens need to work towards changing this and to ensure that this new society represents the aspirationsand dreams of all citizens and is a testimony to those who have given their lives to ensure our freedom.
As stated by Helen Keller,
Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.”
The Foundation believes it necessary to become part of this defining time and to share responsibility for the course of history being set forth. Our next “revolution” is to activate broad, inclusive social change -and to take ownership of this society that we have helped to create.
For this to happen, the Foundation will, encourage a culture of debate; seek ways to carry forth the messages that enhance our democracy; support research into challenges and solutions for effective functioning of our new democracy; seek ways to assist those whose rights have been undermined to find legal restitution and draw out of hiding the country’s intellectuals to begin a renewed participation in shaping our society.