Author: CSVR


Press release

February 20, 2018


Press release: 2018 Budget Speech to proactively address drivers of violence

The 2018 budget speech should reflect government’s political will to address violence prevention and redress for victims living in post-apartheid South Africa, says the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).

CSVR joins the country in congratulating President Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president of South Africa and commends South Africans for their smooth and non-violent change of political power. “We are encouraged by the optimism that the change in political power has brought to South Africa” states Nomfundo Mogapi, Executive Director of CSVR. “However, as CSVR, we are concerned that the focus on corruption may sideline other pressing concerns which fuel interpersonal and political violence.

As the country prepares to hear the 2018 budget speech, CSVR calls on government not to shy away from addressing uncomfortable tensions and legacies that persist despite the freedom gained in 1994. These include:

Violence has regrettably come to be regarded as an effective means of resolving social, political and even domestic conflict. Clear strategies by government with appropriate, focused budget will help to ensure that the South African people feel heard, which is critical in reducing violence in our communities.

For more information and interviews, contact:
Boitumelo Molusi
Tel: +27 11 888 0140
Cell: +27 79 713 5953
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.