Murder on the Mines: Who Is Guilty?

"It is very sad that today I am being sentenced for something which I did not do with my own hands. I have no-one's blood on my hands. That is all." These were the words ...

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The Psychology of Torture

This paper looks to define torture and those that experience it. It emphasizes that torture destroys the voice of the victim, while censorship destroys the voice of those who might speak on her behalf. Torture ...

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The Meaning of Rural Political Violence: The Meaning of the Anti-Witchcraft Attacks

This paper attempts to unpack the reasons surrounding the anti-witchcraft attacks preceding the 12 May 1986 Brooklyn Trust Land, Mapulaneng, mass meeting that was held on the local soccer field. It analyses the political effectiveness ...

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The Role of Violence in State Security Strategies 1984-88

The focus of this paper is state violence. It is argued that South African state security strategy in the period 1984-1988 was characterised by an increasing violence which was sanctioned by law. This violence was ...

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The Politics and Economics of the Armaments Industry in South Africa

In August 1986, JGJ van Vuuren, chief executive of Armscor, when interviewed about his upbringing and the background to his involvement in the armaments industry in South Africa, commented: My childhood was one of clay-pellet ...

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Profile of a Death Row Prisoner

This research project attempted to make a beginning at establishing whether structural violence did in fact play a significant part in the upbringing and experiences of those on Pretoria's death row. The project sought to ...

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Growing Up in Violent Situations: The South African Situation

The author discusses the topic of growing up in violent situations from a number of perspectives. Firstly, she gives a psychological perspective to the notion of resilience, invulnerability or stress resistance, as she thinks that ...

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