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A/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum Members

Dr Yvette Abrahams (from 2020)


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Yvette Abrahams holds a Ph. D. in Economic History from the University of Cape Town. She has consulted for government and various NGO’s on issues relating to gender equality in policy and practice, while publishing widely both locally and internationally on gender equality, queer theory, climate change as well as the history of First Nations South Africans. She served as Commissioner For Gender Equality where she headed their programmes on poverty, energy and climate change. She subsequently worked as Advisor to Project 90 by 2030, an NGO which focuses on food security, energy, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency entrepreneurship in the context of climate change, She served as Commissioner on the University of Cape Town’s Institutional Reconciliation and Truth Commission. Today she runs a small business making organic carbon neutral soaps and body products on her smallholding east of Cape Town.

Dr June Bam-Hutchison


June is a former anti-apartheid teacher activist and has worked in education policy transformation for many years. She has been working with and in the Centre for African Studies over the past 8 years, focusing on the ‘pre-colonial’ research area under the directorship of Professor Ntsebeza. She served as Acting Head of African Studies for 6 months from  2017 to early 2018 and has been teaching in African Studies for the past 3 years where she also co-supervises interdisciplinary research up to doctoral level (indigenous knowledge and practices, transformation of the disciplines etc.) Her own research has been Khoe and San identity studies, museum and heritage transformation and decolonising historiography. She played a leading role in the international peer reviewed Bam, J., Ntsebeza, L. and Zinn, A. eds., 2018. Whose History Counts: Decolonising African Pre-colonial Historiography (Vol. 3). African Sun Media which has been recently profiled for consideration for the 2020 NIHSS Inaugural Award. June has been affiliated as Research Associate at York University's Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, and has been Visiting Professor with Stanford University's Overseas programme on 'Sites of Memory' for 6 years. She has published widely, and has organised and participated as a key speaker in a number of international and local conferences at universities over many years; including recently, as an invited African representative on international indigenous literature in Seoul and on gender and indigenous heritage in Peru.  She coordinated the A/Xarra forum for CAS from 2018 - 2020. She is Interim Director of the San and Khoi Centre. Her earlier work won the Unesco Peace Education Award for South Africa in 2008.

Professor Gertrude Fester

Cape Town-born gertrude was active in anti-apartheid activism focusing on articulating women's and national liberation. She participated in establishing women's structures (1980s-1990s) and Women's National Coalition, which advocated successfully for a gender-sensitive constitution.  She founded Women's Education and Artistic Voice and Expressions, a feminist writing collective encouraging young black women's writing resulting in a self-published anthology.  She actively encourages inter-generational working at all levels. 

The oppression of women and marginalised groups has been central in her writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Her prison play, The Spirit cannot be caged, composed in her head during solitary confinement as Apartheid prisoner was performed at the Fourth Women's UN Conference, Beijing. Post-1994 she had several political deployments including national Member of Parliament and Commissioner on Gender Equality. Some academic positions include Wynona Lipman Chair (Centre for American Women and Politics), Rutgers, USA and professor Extraordinaire in Gender and Women's Studies (UWC). In 2011-2015 she taught Transitional Justice mainstreaming Gender (University of Rwanda). Currently she is honorary professor (Centre for African Studies, UCT) and PhD supervisor (Bishop Stuart University, Uganda). She is part of Aboriginal/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum (UCT) and formed part of the pilot course in Foundational Khoekhoegowab, Extra-Mural studies, UCT).  Her Prison Memoirs and The Spirit shall not be Caged and other one act plays are in the process of being published. She is currently working on a chapter commissioned by Wits Press on Black Feminism, Querying the Queer.She heads the A/Xarra Womens’ Commission.

Reverend Gregg Fick


Gregg is a well known ‘Khoe’ and ‘San’ activist and is the interim leader of the national organisation FINSA (First Nation of South Africa). He has campaigned tirelessly at high level discussions with South Africa’s national political leadership for the recognition of indigenous ‘Coloured People’ as recognised ‘Africans’ and Aboriginal people of southern Africa. His campaigns, amongst others, are against violence towards women in communities, tackling patriarchy and despotism in community leadership structures and the scrapping of the Verwoerdian label ‘Coloured’. He is a vocal advocate for non-racialism and anti-racism within indigenous revivalist networks and he holds regular community awareness and education workshops on history, heritage, culture and identity on the Cape Flats, in other big cities and recently in strong ‘Khoe’-identified communities such as Genadendaal.  He hails from the Eastern Cape where he was reared by his ‘medicine’ grandmother (who trained him in the knowledge of traditional healing plants and rituals on the much integrated ‘frontier’). Gregg is a founding member of the A/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum. 

Gaob” Martinus Fredericks   

The  13 generations of Gaob since King Akembie was recorded in 1661 in  the history of the !Aman // Aes also called the “ Amaquas of  the  Cape Records” or the Little Nama.  Goab Martinus Fredericks was born during the height of apartheid on 06 March 1965 within this ancestral oral history context in Robertson in the Western Cape and grew up as a ‘Cape Coloured’ which he describes as ‘a deliberate myth created through apartheid legislation that changed the identity of the Aboriginal Khoe and San people to Cape Coloured’. After he completed his matric during the turbulent 1984 in Grabouw, he completed a number of  tertiary courses of which were the following: National diploma in Agriculture, National Diploma in Farm Business Management , National Diploma in Nature Conservation , Cert Management Development University of  Stellenbosch, Cert  Management  Development University of   Western Cape , and Cert in Environmental Law. His employment included being a farm manager in Grabouw, an Environmental Officer and as a Biophysical and Environmental Specialist for the City of Cape Town. In 2014 his family from Bethanie in Namibia and South Africa was mandated to set up a sister structure of the !Aman Traditional Authority of Bethanie in Namibia here in South Africa, to start the Unification process between the !Aman // Aes in South Africa , Namibia , Botswana and elsewhere in the Khoe and San Diaspora. In 2016 he was mandated by the Royal Family in Bethanie Namibia as the “Goab “ of the !Aman //. He is a founder member of the A/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum and leads on research in rural land reform.

Dr Sharon Groenmeyer (from 2020)


Sharon is a sociologist and development worker with more than 20 years’ experience in education and training. She works in a network with other development workers’ in South Africa as an independent, feminist researcher, gender auditor of non-government projects. Recently, she has mentored and taught literacy to young girls. 

After completing her doctoral thesis on Women and Social policy in contemporary post-apartheid South Africa with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim in Norway, she continues to write and publish on two main themes in social policy: (i) Women SMME owners operating in male dominated industries of fishing and agriculture and (ii) the role of women in the peacebuilding process.  She was a Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) University of Johannesburg where she researched public participation in local government and published on childcare grants.   She has also held a position as Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health, University of Cape Town. She has worked as an external collaborator for the ILO Turin, Italy, on the Gender Poverty Employment and as a tutor on the Gender Mainstreaming open learning programmes. She is also a paralegal practitioner and continues to contribute knowledge and ideas on monitoring and evaluation. Sharon holds membership of South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) and South African Sociological Association (SASSA) and is a member of Codesria and has presented at the Gender Symposium in Cairo, Egypt.

Robyn Humphreys



Robyn Humphreys is a PhD candidate in Archaeology and African Studies. Robyn advocates for an accountable archaeology which acknowledges communities and community institutions as important stakeholders in knowledge production and research. She argues that when we listen to communities as archaeologists and biological anthropologists, we create the potential for new practice that is transformative, self-critical and beneficial to communities

Tauriq jenkins

Tauriq is chair of the A/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum and one of its founding members. He is a lead pro-poor civic activist in heritage protection of the Liesbeeck River (within the current Two Rivers Urban Park in Observatory) for which he is claiming for it to be declared a World Heritage Site. As former chair of the Observatory Civic Association, and a Masters’ graduate from Columbia University, with a keen commitment to environmental justice, Tauriq leads the Human Remains and Urban Land Reform Research Commissions of the A/Xarra. It is under the recognised strategic leadership of Jenkins that the A/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum has been sustained as a profoundly important and complex traditional structures and civic organisation coalition and under whose leadership on ‘co-design’ conceptual processes that the renaming of Jameson Hall to Sarah Baartmann could be attained through difficult and challenging dialogues. He is also an accomplished film actor, a chess champion and has established an innovative cultural rehabilitation programme through Shakespearean theatre for prisoners in Pollsmoor .        

Paramount Chief Sedas (Shedrick Kleinschmidt) 


National Chair of the House of |Xam who also represents the National Office of the |Xam Nation. 

1. Xegwi from Eastern  their Queen is Anette Twyipie Loots Voster 

2. The Xau Sakwa (Grass Bushmen) 

3. The Guriqua from West Coast 

4 . Hawequa-|Xam  Cape Winelands  

5. Sanquas Swartland   

6. Karoo-|Xam  Karoo  

7. Khwe Bushmen  

8. Kalahari |Xam  from Kalahari  

9.Xun Bushmen  Northern Cape 


Annelize Kotze (from 2020)



Annelize Kotze is a Social History Curator at the Iziko Museums of South Africa and is currently doing her Masters in Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, focusing on cultural identity in Khoe, San and Coloured women of the Western and Northern Cape. In 2018 Annelize did an exhibition on the repatriation of Human Remains of especially the remains of women and children still housed in museums and universities. She has been involved in community engagement, both in a personal and professional capacity, and is a passionate advocate for the importance of community engagement and decolonising museum spaces.

Paramount Chief Patricia Lemmetjies

Patricia is a community activist researcher with an interest in working with the Dutch archives and later missionary church records on land appropriation in the Cape. She is trained in forensic law and is currently pursuing a doctorate at UWC on land restitution. She spends most of her time in the archives doing research on disputed land claims pertaining to the West Coast and ensuring community safety.  She is the Khoekhoe chief of the Cochoqua Royal House, Mamre, and affiliated to the KwaZulu-Natal KhoeSan Women’s League. Mrs Lemmetjies is a founding member of the A/Xarra Restorative Justice Forum.

Rev Henry P C Meyer


Henry P C Meyer heads up the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) and describes himself as ‘single-minded in the pursuit to empowering disadvantaged youth with personal development skills’. Premised on his theological training, ministerial experiences and personal research, Henry unmasked sine qua non; something indispensable for the wealthy, yet amongst poor communities, it is considered as a luxury. Interwoven with principles of personal mastery and integrated with leadership values, he authored the ELI Personal Development Course to leapfrog emerging leaders. Although designed for unemployed matriculants who endure setbacks from both the education and economic systems, the course content attracted housewives, ministers of religion, university quitters, attorneys, management consultants and even an industrial psychologist. They all had one thing in common – the intrinsic motivation to unleash their latent potential. Henry is also a founding member of the Aboriginal /Xarra Restorative Justice Forum (A/RJF) which he credits as ‘a mutually-rewarding collaboration with the Centre for African Studies (CAS)’. Through this collaboration, he has embarked on a research project to re-evaluate and reinvent the rites of passage. Consequently, Henry’s ultimate objective is to introduce the re-engineered model in schools and so engendering a process of moral regeneration, nation-building and social cohesion. 

Eleanor / Chief Krotoa Smith


Eleanor was born and raised in //Hui !Gaeb (Cape Town) during the mid 1950's - against the backdrop of one of the seven wonders of the world - Huri #oaxa (Table Mountain). This was also the same place from where her family (like thousands of others) was savagely displaced and separated from close knit families and communities by the Group Areas Act of the apartheid regime.  Against all odds, she excelled academically, climbed the corporate ladder in the banking industry,  and opened her own business  in the tourism industry (one of the first women to engineer transport services in the corporate tourism industry which are still operative to this day). She spent many years in Community Empowerment Projects with her primal focus on unemployed women and youth - teaching handmade art and craft , business skills - being a mentor to artists from the previously disadvantaged communities.  Her African Renaissance organisation was granted authority by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to create Mandela busts and artefacts which found their way into the offices of former USA president Bill Clinton, as supplier to the Robben Island Museum and in many Cape Town Waterfront shops within the tourism industry. She studied with the African Shaman Credo Mutwa, a world renowned author, artist and visionary who married a Khoekhoe woman from Kuruman. This was the beginning of her journey of many Rites of Passage to reclaim the lost and forgotten knowledge and art of Spiritual Healing which includes reclaiming the lost and sacred inheritance of the Khoekhoe and San sacred rituals , sacred ceremonies, and the sacred plants used for healing and their reconnection to the ancient 'Worlds of Our Ancestors'.  She explains that this is powerful information that is only passed on orally. Chief Krotoa feels she has finally found her way home through a deepened love for ancient spirituality after spending many years living in rural areas of South Africa amongst Ceremonial Healers and Shamans, through Bushmen fire dancing and amongst Plants. She journeyed with Indigenous and Aboriginal Chiefs from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India and other countries in Africa – this experience across the globe has deepened this journey,  that (she contends) never ends. She is a founding member of the A/Xarra Restorative Justice forum.    

Danab Bradley Van sitters


Bradley is a world renowned indigenous southern African languages activist and community languages researcher. He is chair of the A/Xarra Languages Commission and Khoekhoegowab teacher of the UCT-certificated course.He has been admitted to an MPhil in Pan African languages in Linguistics and African Studies based on Recognition of Prior Learning.He was the elected praise singer for the State of the Nation Address in 2019, to mark 25 years of South Africa’s democracy.He is cited widely in academic journals.    

Professor Sylvia Vollenhoven



Carine Zaayman

Carine Zaayman is an artist, curator and scholar committed to critical engagement with colonial archives and collections, specifically those holding strands of Khoekhoe pasts. Bringing intangible and neglected histories into view is a key motivation for her work. Her research aims to contribute to a radical reconsideration of colonial archives and museum collections, especially by assisting in finding ways to release their hold over our imaginations when we narrate the past, as well as how we might shape futures from it. She obtained a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town where she also worked at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and the Centre for Curating the Archive. At present, Zaayman is a postdoctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, as a team member in the NWO Worlding Public Cultures project, as well as a research associate at the Research Centre for Material Culture ( Zaayman is the Curator of Under Cover of Darkness, an exhibition and project concerned with the history of women in servitude, especially slavery, in Cape Town (