The Violence and Transition Series is a product of an extensive research project conducted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) into the nature and extent of violence during South Africa's transition from apartheid rule to democracy. This report explores vigilante violence in South Africa over the period 1980-2000. Based on interview and media material, it traces the spectrum of vigilantism across this timeframe in terms of history, form, method and motivation. The similarities and differences in vigilante patterns, manifestations and causes are also analyzed.
Bronwyn Harris is a former Project Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.