- Written by Maringira, Godfrey, Jasmina Brankovic
Maringira, Godfrey, with Jasmina Brankovic. 2013. The Persistence of Military Identities Among Ex-combatants in South Africa. Cape Town: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.
This report focuses on the ways in which ex-combatants have remained militarised at both an individual and a collective level in post-apartheid South Africa. It argues that ex-combatants’ military identities and skills can be both beneficial and detrimental to their families, communities and the state. For this reason, as long as DDRR programmes remain short-term processes aimed chiefly at disarming ex-combatants without addressing their ongoing needs in highly unequal and violent societies, the demilitarisation of ex-combatants’ minds and everyday lives will be an unattainable goal.
- Written by Van der Merwe, Hugo, Nicky Rousseau, Naana Marekia, Pamela Machakanja and Eunice Bere.
Van der Merwe, Hugo, Nicky Rousseau, Naana Marekia, Pamela Machakanja and Eunice Bere. 2013. Opportunities and Challenges of South-South Partnership: Reflections on a Collaborative Research Project on Violence and Transition in Africa. Cape Town: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape, Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance at Africa University and Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa, 2013.
This report reflects on the experience of four South-based organisations in conducting collaborative research on violence and transition in Africa. It explores some of the challenges and opportunities offered by working collaboratively on common themes across different contexts with research partners with diverse goals and institutional arrangements, and seeks to draw some lessons for how such partnerships can benefit individual organisations and research on violence more generally. The report is based on the final project meeting where partners engaged in a joint reflection on more than three years of collaboration.
- Written by Dix-Peek, D. and Bandeira, M.
- Written by Langa, Malose.
Langa, Malose. Exploring experiences of torture and CIDT that occurred in South Africa amongst non-nationals living in Johannesburg. Johannesburg: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
- Written by Brankovic, Jasmina.
Brankovic, Jasmina. 2012. Leaving the Gangster Things to the Boys Growing Up Now: Young Men, Physical Violence, and Structural Violence in Post-Transition South Africa. Cape Town: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.
This paper examines the intersection of physical violence, structural violence, and masculinity through the life history narrative of a 20-year-old man exiting an informal gang in Gugulethu, a township in Cape Town. Beginning and remaining with James Madoda’s narrative, the paper shows how the gendered physical violence between young men in townships emerges from historical and present-day structural violence - here defined as institutionalised power inequalities that limit life opportunities - and argues that structural violence needs to be discussed and addressed as a policy issue in South Africa. It also suggests that structural violence may provide a platform for collaboration among civil society actors working on socioeconomic transformation and the prevention of violence.
- Written by Freemantle, I.
Freemantle, I. Towards Improving Forced Migrants’ Access to Health and Psychosocial Rights in Urban South Africa. (Nov 2011). Meeting report: Policy Dialogue, 30 November 2011, University of the Witwatersrand, co-hosted by the African Centre for Migration & Society, Witsand and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
- Written by CSVR
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (2011). African Union Commission Consultation with African Union Member States on Transitional Justice. Consultation Report: Cape Town, South Africa. 12-13 September 2011.
- Written by Vearey, J. and Nunez, L.
Vearey, J. and Nunez, L. (Nov 2011). Towards improving forced migrant access to health and psychosocial rights in urban South Africa – a focus on Johannesburg. Migration Issue Brief #8
- Written by Bandeira, M. & Higson-Smith, C.
Bandeira, M. & Higson-Smith, C. (2011). Responding to the Smoke that Calls: Principles of community-level interventions for the prevention of collective violence. A report for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Society, Work and Development Institute (of the University of the Witwatersrand).