Vigilantism

Mob Justice Is a Language in South Africa

For residents of Plot 52 in the Zandspruit informal settlement and South Africa at large, the morning of May 19 2021 will not be soon forgotten.Right in front of children and community members, old and ...

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The Power of Naming: 'Senseless Violence' and Violent Law in Post-Apartheid South Africa

This report focuses on vigilantism, on the practice of ‘necklacing’ as a form of punishment, and on police violence in South Africa post-apartheid. The report engages with a series of questions about how popular forms ...

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Vigilantes Push Us Further from Justice

Over the past months newspapers have frequently featured stories and disturbing front-page photos of violent vigilante attacks. The ongoing coverage of these acts has lent the impression that we are experiencing in South Africa a ...

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As for Violent Crime That's Our Daily Bread: Vigilante Violence During South Africa's Period of Transition

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 ...

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Guardian or Gangster? Mapogo a Mathamaga: A Case Study

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 ...

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Taxis, Cops and Vigilantes: Police Attitudes towards Street Justice

This paper examines police attitudes to vigilante activities engaged in by other groups. Amongst the many questions asked, the paper looks to investigate the extent the police themselves continue to be involved in vigilantism in ...

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