Author: Tsholofelo Nakedi

In recent years, the election period in South Africa has been a sensitive time, and it has, in some instances, exacerbated issues related to xenophobia and negatively impacted social cohesion within communities.  This takes place within the context of a country like South Africa that has struggled with a culture of violence, which has its historical roots stemming from colonial and apartheid politics of divide and rule. Consequently, issues related to identity, race, and nationality often surface during election periods, leading to tensions and potential outbreaks of "xenophobia. For example, political parties sometimes use divisive language and scapegoating tactics to…

Tsholofelo Nakedi
15 May 2024

This guidebook is a product of the Victim-Centered Approach to Transitional Justice project implemented by the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth, and Reconciliation (GIJTR). The project was designed to aid civil society actors who work directly with victims in transitional justice contexts by providing training to further their current skills and exchange to learn and connect with civil society organizations (CSOs) working in different contexts. In May 2022, GIJTR partnered Foundation Humanitarian Law Centre (HLC), International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), and the Centre for the Study…

Tsholofelo Nakedi
14 Jun 2023

As South Africa mourns the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, it is a moment to reflect on the role that faith-based actors play in transitional justice and in the maintenance of peaceful societies. Tutu's activism in pre and post-apartheid South Africa demonstrated the United Nation's definition of transnational justice characterised by a full range of processes associated with a society's attempt to come to terms with a legacy of past abuses in order to ensure accountability. Tutu defiantly opposed and advocated against the brutal apartheid regime. His influence in the Anglican church and South African society played a role in the…

Tsholofelo Nakedi
10 Jan 2022

Looming crisis of normalising violence is having a detrimental effect on SA's young people. Violence among learners at Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo that went viral should be a wake-up call. The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) has dedicated work in communities that highlight the looming crisis of normalising violence – and the detrimental effects it has on young people growing up in South Africa today. According to research conducted by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, schools are supposed to be safe spaces to reinforce positive attitudes among learners. Our work as the CSVR…

Tsholofelo Nakedi
21 Apr 2021
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