Beyond restorative justice : understanding justice from an African perspective

Show simple item record Wielenga, Cori Batley, Mike Murambadoro, Ruth 2021-02-25T13:43:52Z 2020-04-30
dc.description.abstract Over the past few decades, there has been a growing interest in restorative justice in terms of the alternatives it offers to the narrow limits of the criminal justice system. This has also been the case in the African context, where some argue that local justice processes reflect a restorative approach to justice. In this article, we explore this assertion and argue for the adoption of the term African restorative justice to encapsulate the ways in which local justice processes on the continent echo certain aspects of restorative justice approaches globally, but also have characteristics that make them uniquely African. Of interest is what African restorative justice can offer national, state-led interventions in relation to mass conflict. We reference the cases of South Africa and Zimbabwe, where interviews were held, together with observations of tradition-based practices, in order to understand local understandings of justice. This article discusses the findings which include the difficulties in bringing together human rights, human dignity, customary law and the state-led justice system. It argues for the importance of community and ‘endogenous’ knowledge in helping us overcome and move beyond the dual thinking that is often apparent in public discourse, of either rejecting local justice practices as being undemocratic and having nothing to offer a new, contemporary democratic order, or accepting them idealistically and uncritically. en_ZA
dc.description.department Political Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2021-04-30
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wielenga, C, Batley, M & Murambadoro, R 2020, 'Beyond restorative justice : understanding justice from an African perspective', Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 43-69. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2078-760X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2050-4950 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.31920/2050-4950/2020/9n1a3
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Adonis and Abbey Publishers en_ZA
dc.rights © Adonis & Abbey Publishers en_ZA
dc.subject Restorative justice en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.subject Tradition-based practices en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Beyond restorative justice : understanding justice from an African perspective en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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