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Violence against women remains a huge crisis
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Violence against women remains a huge crisis Posted On: 2017-09-18 Posted By: NOMATHAMSANQA MASIKO Education The New Age Online News Midrand, Sept. 18 -- The South African government can no longer sit back and be a spectator while violence against women remains a crisis. How much more when its very own cabinet ministers are accused of such crimes. What message does this convey to South Africans about the public safety of women? What does this say about the profile of perpetrators of violence against women? Can we really pretend that they are faceless, bestial beings on the margins of society? The answer is a resounding no! It is easy to pretend that perpetrators of violence against women (VAW) are monsters and savage beings who are subhuman. The ordinary man on the street would be quick to reduce violent men as sociopaths and psychopaths. However, the reality is that men who perpetuate such heinous crimes are closer to home than we are willing to acknowledge. Perpetrators of extreme violence against women are not barbarians from another planet - they are our brothers, uncles, teachers, priests, fathers and are at times esteemed and well-respected individuals. Research shows that the overwhelming majority of female rape victims are raped by men whom they know, trust, and love. Only 8% of rapes are perpetuated by strangers. Challenging the erroneous psychological explanations for perpetrators of violence against women is important if South Africa is to effectively deal with the scourge of genderbased violence, and get to its root causes. The news that South Africa's former deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana assaulted a woman at a nightclub while his bodyguards watched during Women's Month is another reason for reflection. Manana, just like many other men who perpetrate violence against women, is no aberrational "other". He contradicts the prevailing discourse of what constitutes a violent man. He is a man whom you would meet in a public and private space and feel safe, a man of esteem and a high-ranking state official. Yet he committed the unthinkable. As such, it is important that we challenge the monster-violent man narrative for two reasons. Firstly, by labelling perpetrators of violence against women as monsters, we create distance between men who commit such crimes from the rest of society and in turn detach ourselves as a people from the fact that violent men live among us. Gender-based violence is not an isolated incident that is perpetuated by the criminally insane, however, it is a systemic social problem that speaks to the issue of gender inequalities, violent masculinities and patriarchy. It is high time that South Africans face the uncomfortable truth, that perpetrators of violence against women are normal men and at times men we idolise. Secondly, the characterisation of perpetrators of violence against women as monsters takes away their agency - their ability to discern right from wrong and being held to account for their actions. The monster-violent man narrative implicitly declares perpetrators of violence against women as impulsive men who lack restraint and self-control or "provoked beyond limit", thereby absolving them of their crime. Debunking assumptions about the profile of rapists may be the entry point in the cause of ending violence against women in South Africa. This would assist in allowing the space for society to approach the psyche of masculinity and its violent consequences in the South African context. The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's recently published research study examines why violence against women persists in South Africa and what needs to be done to address it. One of the findings of the research speak to the monster-violent man narrative by highlight the psychological explanations for why violence against women persists as articulated and understood by victims interviewed in the study. The authors of the research argued that psychological explanations of violent men must be considered within the context of structural and systemic realities around gender relations, that is to say, male violence needs to be seen as a power and control technique that is ingrained in and reinforced by South Africa's patriarchal society. It is equally important that the government respond to the plight of women in South Africa beyond mere rhetoric, but address the issue in a concerted and coordinated manner. This will require the government to move beyond activism on Women's Month or during the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children and instead embark on an ongoing process of public engagement and activism to end violence against women in our lifetime and address systemic gender inequalities. Finally, the utterances of the president of the ANC Women's League (ANCWL), Bathabile Dlamini, who essentially reduces the country's outrage at Manana's actions as a "political tool" is disconcerting for a number of reasons. Dlamini's utterances highlight the level of internalised patriarchy in the ANCWL, leading one to question the legitimacy of the body and its commitment to one of its objectives, namely, "to combat discrimination in public and in private life and institutions and to work actively towards the dismantling of the patriarchal system, the elimination of laws, customs, practices and structures which militate against equality and to oppose any strengthening of patriarchy". Living up to this objective can no longer be a means to obtain political currency, but a nonnegotiable priority. Nomathamsanqa Masiko is an advocacy officer at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Tackling VAW requires collective action
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Press ReleaseAugust 23, 2017

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CSVR calls for women to raise their voices against VAW

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is calling on South African women to speak up about Violence Against Women (VAW) as part of a new social media campaign to highlight the pervasive nature of the scourge.

The campaign, #EndVAWNow, will be conducted across social media platforms to allow women to share their own stories.

“Through this campaign, we are encouraging women to break the silence by sharing their personal experiences,” said CVSR Gender Specialist Nonhlanhla Sibanda-Moyo.

“It is estimated that at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. These incidents take place in spaces where women’s general life occurs, both public and private,” said Sibanda-Moyo.

The campaign is also a call to government, the private sector, civil society organisations and all sectors of society to combine efforts to end VAW in South Africa.

It comes ahead of the release of research conducted by the CSVR in partnership with Oxfam-South Africa on why VAW persists as well as recommendations for action. The findings will be shared during a media briefing and public seminar on August 29 and 30 in Johannesburg.

Women can join the conversation to help end VAW by sharing their experiences on Twitter (@_CSVR); WhatsApp (+27 63 972 2999) and Facebook (EndVAWNow). The hashtag is #EndVAWNow.

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Monday, 07 August 2017
CSVR welcomes High Court ruling on reporting cases of sexual abuse
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Press Release

June 20, 2017

 

CSVR welcomes High Court ruling on reporting cases of sexual abuse

 

A new judgment passed by the Johannesburg High Court on Monday, 19 June that sexual abuse cases older than twenty years should be valid is being welcomed by The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).

The judgement stipulates that Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act – which previously stated that a case of sexual abuse cannot be brought against a person if the alleged incident happened more than twenty years ago -  is invalid and unconstitutional according to the High Court.

According to a CSVR (2009) study, there are numerous reasons to explain the delays in the disclosure or non-reporting of sexual abuse in South Africa. These include: “feelings of shame and self-blame; …reluctance towards or threats against reporting a family member or intimate partner; discriminatory police attitudes; and the secondary victimisation experienced by sexual assault victims in the criminal justice system.”

Other reports also point to the fact that immediate disclosure after an abusive incident is the exception rather than the rule.  In the majority of abuse cases, disclosures are often delayed, and it is usually a gradual process where the abuse may have taken place months or years before. Also, in many cases the disclosure of child sexual abuse is more typical when the victim reaches adulthood.

The combination of these factors means that the reporting of sexual abuse is often a complex and difficult process for many survivors. Consequently, not all survivors will report the crime immediately.  CSVR therefore commends the High Court for its progressive ruling that, once confirmed by the Constitutional Court, will go a long way in improving access to justice for many survivors of sexual abuse.

CSVR further urges the Constitutional Court to uphold and confirm this ruling, so as to enable Parliament an opportunity to amend the law. We also congratulate the work of the civil society organisations; Lawyers for Human Rights, Teddy Bear Clinic and the Women’s Legal Centre who acted as ‘amicus curiae’ (friends of the court) in the case that led to this progressive ruling.

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Issued by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017
Press Release: Implement interventions to eradicate GBV
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PRESS RELEASE    |    25 November 2016

Implement interventions to eradicate GBV

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is calling on government to act to stem the rise in Gender Based Violence in South Africa. It urges the state to urgently commission a national GBV baseline study to determine the nature and extent of GBV experienced across the country.

Reliable and up-to-date information about the levels and extent of GBV in South Africa is critical, because implementing strategies that are not informed by research or that lack comprehensive monitoring and evaluation frameworks will of limited benefit.

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against domestic violence, this year’s campaign which starts on November 25 takes place under the theme entitled “Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward “.

Domestic violence, physical violence, emotional violence, economic violence, sexual violence and femicide are some of the forms Gender Based Violence (GBV) reviewed by a CSVR study titled Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in South Africa: A Brief Review.

South Africa has a range of laws that deal with the issues of violence against women such as the Domestic Violence Act of 1998 and the Sexual Offences Act of 2007.

However, these laws are undermined by ineffective implementation, insufficient funding for most programmes aimed at preventing GBV, as well as limited monitoring and evaluation of the impact of these programmes.

“Government needs to close the gap between policy and practice if we are to eradicate gender based violence,” said Nonhlanhla Sibanda Gender Specialist at CSVR.

“The state’s failure to implement GBV-related policies and legislation serves to perpetuate the high levels of gender based violence in communities,” she added.

The study provides an overview of GBV in the country, while reflecting on government and non-governmental responses to GBV over the past years. It also emphasizes the critical need for community led solutions and strategies, underscoring the need to work with local authorities as well as traditional and religious leaders.

“GBV prevention requires attitudinal and behavioral changes, as well as grassroots community involvement in decision-making processes,” said Sibanda.

“Therefore, there is need for an increase in collaborative efforts within communities to ensure that different players provide mutual support to one another in efforts to prevent GBV,” added Sibanda.

For more information and interviews contact:

Nonhlanhla Sibanda

CSVR Gender Specialist

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017
We can walk the talk… and fund it
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For years, women’s programmes have been underfunded, stifling our progress and slowing down transformation.

This year, however, women gathering at the AU’s third High Level Panel (HLP) on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment began to consider new funding models.

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Monday, 08 August 2016
'Disappointed’ at no magic wand to wave away crime (15.11.10)
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MEMBERS of Parliament’s police committee, the new Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu and police secretariat officials pronounced themselves disappointed this week when the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation’s report on why crime in South Africa is so violent was released.

They clearly all wanted a magic wand from the academics – David Bruce and Adele Kirsten – who compiled the study, and there wasn’t one. Indeed, after a particularly robust engagement, Bruce told the committee that worldwide there had been many studies done on violent crime and no one had yet come up with an answer.

Committee chairman Sindi Chikunga and Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald wanted to know why crime in South Africa was so often accompanied by hideous cruelty. They said the study had failed to find an explanation as to why victims of crime are so often tortured.Indeed, this is a good question. The study reported that the history of structural violence inherent in the way in which colonialism and apartheid worked lay at the heart of the matter.

I suppose the idea is that if you are the victim of institutional violence simply because of your race then it legitimises violence on a personal level.Also, people would have observed brutal state action from police and other departments where there were no consequences. In short, impunity.Also connected to violent crime in the study were things like poverty, education, the destruction of family structures through the migrant labour system and, curiously, the abuse of alcohol by young mothers – often accompanied by domestic violence. Still further reinforcement.

While accepting the bona fides of the research done, it would be nice if the further research which the CSVR said was ongoing could provide answers to some of the questions. For example, there are places in the world where there is far more poverty than in South Africa but where there is less violent crime.It would also be interesting to find out what role is played by the fact that South Africa negotiated its revolution rather than fighting to the end. Is there a sort of feeling that violence is justified because there were no real winners and losers in the revolution?

There were some startling findings which should sound some alarm bells, one being that more than a third of the perpetrators of violent crime are 19 years and younger. That is truly scary and it points to problems with education and socialisation.

Having said all that, the criticism of the report does seem to be unfair. It is an astonishing piece of work and really does serve the vital function of bringing together what we know about violent crime in the country and putting it in an accessible form in one place.

There have also been complaints that R3.5- million of public money was spent and not much achieved. Also unfair. Anything that contributes to a better understanding of where we are and why we behave as we do is worth every cent.

In The Herald

Monday, 15 November 2010
'Gender machinery' in disarray (25.11.09)
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Johannesburg - South Africa's "gender machinery" is in "disarray" with it not even being clear who is co-ordinating the 16 Days of Activism campaign, a group of NGOs said on Wednesday.

"At a time when it is most needed, participants noted, the national gender machinery is in disarray," read a statement from Gender Links and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).

"There is a lack of clarity on which agency is driving the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which used to be housed in the department of local government, following the establishment of the ministry of women, children and disability in April this year.

"The ministry has yet to hold a consultation with civil society organisations. There has also been a deafening silence on the status of the 365 National Action Plan to End Gender Violence adopted in March 2007 and co-ordinated by the National Prosecution Authority (NPA)."

They said there is also still no specific "domestic violence" category which would enable monitoring of the crime. They called on the government to resuscitate the 365 Day National Action Plan to End Gender Violence.

'We can prevent violence'

Their statement followed a three-day symposium convened by the CSVR under the banner "We can Prevent Violence". They also called for the establishment of a special fund to end gender violence, in line with regional and international commitments.

In addition they called on Fifa to use the World Cup 2010 to send out strong messages in support of the campaign to end gender violence as well as HIV/Aids.

They said the 12% increase in reported rape cases to 71 500 from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 may in part be due to the expanded definition of rape under the new act. The figures are unacceptably high and likely to be understated due to under reporting.

Government was also still "well behind" in reaching the target of 81 one-stop centres for addressing gender violence by 2010 provided for in the National Sexual Assault Policy.

The 16-Days campaign takes place every year from November 25, the International Day of No Violence Against Women.

It runs until December 10, which is International Human Rights Day.

- SAPA

In News24.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009
'Constitution threatened by populism' (14.11.08)
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Christelle Terreblanche

Is he an astute politician who speaks to ordinary people's concerns, or a dangerous populist who may be undermining the Constitution? Jacob Zuma's controversial remarks on the pre-election campaign trail that has taken him around the country have left in their wake a number of questions - and while his comments may have hit the right spot with his audiences, constitutional experts and gender rights activists are not amused. The ANC president told a rally in the Western Cape last weekend that truant learners and pregnant teenagers "should be caught and sent to faraway boarding schools by force until they get degrees".

He accused teenaged mothers of abusing the government's child grant and talked about "a war on street kids". He also repeated previous remarks, including one that crime suspects enjoy too many privileges. But since he sensationally pronounced last year that he was willing to reconsider the death penalty, there has been little indication of how he wants to get this past the country's progressive human rights Constitution. The man is certainly playing to his audiences across South Africa's deep social divides. His allegorical, vernacular rally style contrasts sharply with his measured and reasonable utterances last week at the Cape Town Press Club, where his audience was a world apart from the mostly poverty-stricken people who turn up at rallies. Constitutional and human rights experts believe Zuma's campaign approach to be "dangerous" and "populist", one that's testing the limits of the country's Constitution. Some are incensed by Zuma's suggestion that teenaged mothers should be separated from their babies. "There is a complete lack of acknowledgement of the responsibility of the father in any of this. Teenage girls are a nice, easy cheap target and it plays to a conservative populism to bash teenage girls," is the verdict of Lisa Vetten, senior researcher at the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women. "Frankly, for the ANC Youth League to have not said anything about this either, just goes to show how much they care about the difficulties that face adolescent girls. Why girls fall pregnant is a lot more complicated than we think." Two legal commentators say they believe aspects of Zuma's statements may be in conflict with the country's Constitution. University of the Western Cape constitutional expert, Professor Pierre de Vos, says if Zuma indeed meant that women should be forcibly sent away for education, he was making them into "criminals" when they were not accused before the law - "even more grave if it is directed at pregnant women". "It is obviously preposterous, because you once again make women the scapegoats and the men (who made them pregnant) get away scot-free. It is the old patriarchal approach," said De Vos. While acknowledging that the scope of teenage pregnancies was a shame to society, Unisa's Professor Shadrack Gutto said the ANC president's solution was not necessarily "child friendly", did not address the root causes of the problem and "from a constitutional legal perspective (was) very problematic". "As a safeguard you should build in the question of development of children," suggests Gutto. "In legal terms, the interests of the child (babies) come first, and critical to that is the interests of the child, for instance, in breastfeeding. "We know breastfeeding is universally acknowledged to be better for the child than other forms of feeding (although) other forms are not necessarily bad for the child." He said in this context, the statement "could violate the constitutional principle of protecting the rights of children" even before considering the interests of the mother. From the child's point of view "the statements are unfortunate and in many ways opposite to the principles of law". "We need proper reflection really on this issue - which is a populist statement not properly thought through," he suggested. But ANC national spokesperson Carl Niehaus believes Zuma has been misunderstood. The comments - often mistranslated - are derived from listening to communities where the problem of teenage pregnancies "means that mothers and grannies then have to look after the children of their children" and teenage mothers are stigmatised. Niehaus said Zuma was merely raising real concerns in communities that beg for a response from the government. He said that when teenagers leave a community to give birth, they are seldom welcomed back "because there is a kind of social sanction". "It is first of all not an attitude to let men walk off scot-free. It is important that young men are also kept responsible. The suggestion is not at all to withdraw the children by force, but where possible for them to be taken into a new community where they will be able to grow with the children," he explained. On the ANC president's statements that the rights of criminals should be curtailed, experts argue that this will not solve the underlying problem of weak judicial and police systems that result in offenders walking free. But what it does do is infringe on people's constitutional rights. The constitutional legal basic rights of all persons have limitations, stresses Gutto. "But then to be saying criminals should not have rights, really the ANC president is speaking in a language (that) I think is contrary to our Constitution and the principles of the right to freedom of movement and the rights of expression and freedom of association, which will be severely limited." Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's senior researcher David Bruce says that while there's evidence that a control-orientated approach to criminal justice is likely to convict more criminals, it also comes at the cost of convicting higher numbers of people who are innocent. Bruce warns that a human rights approach, however, depends on a criminal justice system which is staffed by people who are highly skilled and knowledgeable. South Africa has been struggling to get this right, but all efforts must be exhausted before we start intruding on human rights, he stressed. "Incarceration is a process which brutalises people. We are living in a country that is already severely brutalised. So we need to be very wary of it," he said. De Vos says it's a "typical politician's quick-fix" answer to complex problems in our deeply unequal society. But Niehaus stressed that Zuma had been trying to respond to communities' serious battles against crime and to encourage discussion about whether this could be dealt with "in a tougher way without transgressing the Constitution". Gutto also acknowledges the flip-side - that South Africa offers little for victims of crime. "If you put all those together, you can see where the sentiment is coming from - but the ANC president should not be speaking so loosely." Niehaus denied Zuma was being populist. "It is more about being sensitive to the issues being raised in townships and rural communities where things are really difficult. "These are really issues that I think he is quite right to raise," he stressed.

This article was originally published on page 17 of Cape Argus on November 14, 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
'No need for court action on shelters' (04.08.08)
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There was no need for court action to force the Gauteng provincial government to keep open temporary safe sites for refugees and asylum seekers until they were reintegrated into communities, spokesperson Thabo Masebe said on Monday. He was reacting to the announcement that the Wits Law Clinic and Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) were bringing an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court. They want the government ordered to communicate and implement a reintegration strategy which protects the rights of all, and to restore and not dismantle the Rifle Range temporary safe site until the reintegration strategy is in place.

"I don't know really what these people are looking for," said Masebe. There was no need for them to take court action, he said. "All they had to do was come to us." More than 62 people died, hundreds were injured and tens of thousands displaced in a wave of xenophobic attacks which started in Alexandra, Johannesburg on May 12 and spread to the rest of the country. The displaced have been housed in temporary shelters set up throughout the province since then. "All the shelters are still open, including the Rifle Range shelter," said Masebe. However, he explained that when people left any of the shelters any excess tents were folded up. Of about 1 700 refugees and asylum seekers at the Rifle Range camp at the height of the crisis, only 250 remained, he said. The rest had left after refusing to accept temporary identity cards from the Department of Home Affairs or finding alternative accommodation in their communities. Elsewhere in the province, there were still about 3 000 occupants of the safe shelters. "It's going down because people are leaving every day," he said, adding that 10 families left the Rand Airport camp on Friday alone. The government's key role had been to create conditions in all communities - starting with those where there was violence - for people to return to their homes, Masebe said. "They should be safe to do so. They should not fear that somebody will attack them again," he said. This had involved talking to the communities, which the provincial government had started in May. "It's not something that starts and stops. It starts and continues," he said. "I don't know what plan they are looking for." Civil society organisations have come out in support of the court action. While the need for legal action was regrettable, it was needed in the absence of the government's formal communication on a reintegration strategy, said the Reintegration Working Group. The group includes representatives of, among others: the Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg; the Somali Community Board; the Refugee Ministries Centre; the Coalition Against Xenophobia; His People Church; the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation; Mthwakazi Arts and Culture; and the Salvation Army. Masebe said the various groups could assist the government as political organisations and community organisations had done from the start. "That process goes on." In addition, the provincial government was talking to displaced people still at the shelters and who could not reintegrate on their own to find out what kind of help they needed. This included assistance with the building of shacks destroyed in the violence - in Ekurhuleni, communities were already helping in rebuilding efforts - or finding alternative accommodation. "There is no way as government, there is no way we are going to keep the shelters on a permanent basis.". The government did not want to create as permanent, separate settlements for foreign nationals, he said, adding that the government would oppose the court action. "It is not properly informed." - Sapa

In the Independent Online

Monday, 04 August 2008
'Crime will rise if Scorpions get canned'
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Boyd Webb

Police corruption is likely to skyrocket if the Scorpions are closed down, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) stated in a submission to parliament. "The SAPS is already riddled with corruption and is very bad at addressing the issue," CSVR senior researcher David Bruce argued. He said that corruption within the service could only be properly addressed if investigating units, with the "investigative sophistication" of the Scorpions, were allowed to remain independent of the police. The CSVR submission is but one of many which the chairperson of the National Assembly's Safety and Security Committee, Maggie Sotyu, expects to be waiting for her when she return to parliament next Tuesday.

The public has until Monday to make submissions concerning their views on whether the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) should be closed and merged into the SAPS as called for by ANC resolutions passed at its December conference. The CSVR said that while it recognised that there were problems with the way the Scorpions were managed - as highlighted in the Khampepe Commission's report - these should be addressed without dissolving the unit. Closing the unit would do nothing to reduce the risk of the state abusing its power in the future by using similar units for its own political gain, the CSVR argued. "Creating a single agency with a monopoly of investigative powers is more likely to accentuate the problem," the CSVR said. Groups within the ANC along with the ANC's alliance partners have accused President Thabo Mbeki of using the Scorpions to carry out his political agenda against ANC leader Jacob Zuma. Meanwhile the Centre For Constitutional Rights (CFCR) on Wednesday described cabinet's decision to close the Scorpions as "irrational and arbitrary". It added it had a duty to draw attention to "conduct inconsistent with the constitution".

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on July 24, 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
'Anti-Scorpions Bill not in public interest'
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MPs should vote against the current measure before Parliament intended to dissolve the Scorpions, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation said on Wednesday. "... the bills are not in the public interest and should be opposed by members of parliament," the organisation said in its submission to Parliament on the measure. Bringing the Scorpions under the command of the SAPS would expose the investigative unit to political manipulation, corruption and under-performance. "We believe that the envisaged dissolution of the Scorpions will... compound alleged existing weaknesses of the criminal justice system," the centre said. -Sapa In The Star, 23 July 2008
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
'SA cops still use torture'
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Brian Indrelunas The government should meet its "international obligation" to criminalise torture, says SA Human Rights commissioner Leon Wessels. He called explicitly outlawing torture "an international obligation" after speaking to representatives of non-profit groups and government departments at a seminar. "We can't just subscribe to the international rhetoric (without) ensuring that torture becomes a statutory crime," he commented. The Constitution lists the right not to be tortured and police policies refer to torture specifically, but "all other policy is devoid of the language", said Lukas Muntingh of the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative. CSPRI and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) hosted on Tuesday's seminar, which explored civil society's role in preventing torture.

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Wednesday, 02 April 2008
Violence Against Women in South Africa: A country in crisis
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Violence against women in South Africa : A country in crisis

Moyo. N., Khonje. E & Brobbey. M. (2017). Violence against women in South Africa: A country in crisis. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Violent masculinities and service delivery protests in post-apartheid South Africa: A case study of two communities in Mpumalanga
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Violent masculinities and service delivery protests in post-apartheid South Africa: A case study of two communities in Mpumalanga

Malose Langa & Peace Kiguwa (2013) Violent masculinities and service delivery protests in post-apartheid South Africa: A case study of two communities in Mpumalanga, Agenda, 27:1, 20-31

Monday, 13 March 2017
How others have done it: A desk study of community projects related to torture, Appendix C
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Bantjes, Megan. 2011. How others have done it: A desk study of community projects related to torture, Appendix C. Johannesburg: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.With the aim of informing CSVR's development of a community work model to address torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, this desk study examines six community projects conducted in South Africa and in other countries. Details of four of the interventions were found in the literature and information about two projects was gathered in interviews with the staff involved. Each intervention is discussed in terms of six questions that have been found useful for thinking about community work (see Questions about community work, Appendix B). The objectives of CSVR’s community work on torture - transformation, prevention and amelioration - provide the framework for considering the implications of each of these projects for CSVR's development of a model.

Monday, 16 December 2013
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