The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) has honoured four organisations; the Community Based Rehabilitation Education and Training for Employment (CREATE), Sonke Gender Justice, Bloodriver Community Advise Office and Aganang Community Radio, and its longest-serving staff member, Ms Lindi Mabena, during the inaugural Mogambri Moodliar Human Rights Awards during a gala dinner held over the weekend in Pretoria.
Speaking during the event, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, thanked the family of the late Mogambri Moodliar, who was affectionately known as “MC”, for allowing the Foundation to celebrate the life of MC. Mpumlwana described MC as a “people’s lawyer and an activist of integrity” whose commitment was not only limited to advancing the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution. MC understood the significance of consolidating our democracy. “He was very special to us.”
Sureshni Moodliar-Gray, MC’s niece, echoed Mpumlwana’s views about MC’s commitment to human rights. Moodliar-Gray recalled how MC worked with young lawyers, did pro bono work in the communities, and how he represented political prisoners, including those who were detained in Robben Island. The family has fond memories of how MC was arrested for 90 days without trial for his involvement in the liberation struggle.
FHR Deputy Director, Hanif Vally, explained the rationale behind the Mogambri Moodliar Human Rights Awards and thanked Moodliar-Gray for acknowledging MC’s activism. Vally pointed that the awards came about because the Foundation saw the need to honour MC, who served as its Legal Director, Office Manager and Project Manager for Socio Economic Rights at the Foundation. Prior to FHR, MC worked as a Legal Director at the South African Human Rights Commission.
Four grantees were honoured for the role they continue to play in advancing Human Rights in South Africa. The winners received a small grant to the value of R50 000 courtesy of the FHR. The FHR, in keeping with the spirit of accountability and good governance, urged the winners to inform it on how they plan to utilise the grant. The winners will report in line with the FHR funding guidelines.
Award categories and winners:
• Award for an organisation implement human rights programme with most impact: CREATE
• Community Advice Office Award: Bloodriver Community Advice Office
• Overall Human Rights Award: Sonke Gender Justice
• Media Award: Aganang Community Radio
FHR’s longest serving staff member, Lindi Mabena, the winner of the FHR Lifetime Achievement Award, recalls how she joined the Foundation as a cleaner. Mabena commended FHR staff – former and current – for supporting her when she first got an opportunity to carry out administration-related tasks, in addition to cleaning. Mabena, now a Project Officer in the Project Management Unit, also seized the moment to urge women to come out of their boxes in order to realise their full potential. She joined the FHR in 1996 and remains committed to the cause.
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