IJR director, Stanley Henkeman, dies of COVID-19 complications

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) director, Stanley Henkeman, died on Friday, following COVID-19 complications.

In a statement, the IJR said: ’’It is with profound sadness that the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation announces the passing of its executive director, Mr Stanley Henkeman yesterday (Friday) afternoon, the 18th of December 2020, following complications related to the Covid-19 virus.’’

Henkeman underwent a heart transplant in 2007 after being diagnosed with end-stage heart failure the year before, Health24 reported. After the transplant, he competed at the World Transplant Games and became chairperson of the SA Transplant Sports Association.

’’Stan made an enormous contribution to the institute, first as Programme Head of its Building an Inclusive Society Programme and later as its executive director,“ the IJR said.

’’During this period, he succeeded in solidifying the leading role that the IJR plays in justice and reconciliation processes in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent. He was particularly passionate about stressing the pursuit of social justice as a prerequisite for reconciliation in divided societies,’’ it added.

Head of Western Cape Education Department, Brian Schreuder, sent out his condolences to the family.

‘’Mr Henkeman has done incredible work regarding justice and reconciliation in our country, including in our schools. A former teacher, he has specifically been assisting the WCED with supporting vital conversations around embracing diversity in our schools. Our department and schools will feel his loss keenly. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.’’


Done By: Mitchum George


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