Afrobarometer Pan-Africa Profile release: New data on freedom and civic space from 34 countries

By | 2019-04-12T11:45:47+02:00 Apr 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

Afrobarometer Pan-Africa Profile release: New data on freedom and civic space from 34 countries You are cordially invited to Afrobarometer's release of new data and analysis on freedom and civic space in Africa. The fifth of Afrobarometer’s Round 7 Pan-Africa Profile releases, organized in collaboration with Civicus, Freedom House and the Mail and Guardian Africa desk, will [...]

The DA’s “Law & Order” Policies Won’t Fix The Cape Flats

By | 2019-04-12T11:40:08+02:00 Apr 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

Not too long-ago, the outgoing Western Cape premier Helen Zille lead the charge and rallied for the military to be deployed into the Cape Flats to curb the ongoing gang violence. This call was highly controversial and as expected solicited mixed and emotional responses with government having the final say and vetoing this move. The DA in its [...]

United against racism

By | 2019-04-12T11:34:00+02:00 Apr 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

Racial incidents are too often present in the South African Media. Incidents such as these include the segregation of learners at a school in Scweizer Reneke and racial tensions at Clifton Beach. They do not end here. They extend to the racialized discourse surrounding the deaths of pupils at DrieHoek Highschool as well as the racialized [...]

Invitation to a Book Discussion: International Justice at a Dead-End?

By | 2019-04-05T14:40:12+02:00 Apr 5th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation invites you to join us for a discussion by the authors Dr. Phil Clark and Prof. Tim Murithi, who have recently published books on international justice in Africa. The discussion will be moderated by Salona Lutchman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Phil [...]

25 years on, Rwandan genocide still reverberates throughout the region

By | 2019-04-02T16:21:11+02:00 Apr 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|

A quarter of a century after the April 1994 genocide, Rwanda is prospering. The tiny, landlocked land with a population of little more than 12 million offers the world an image of stability and contentment. The success story is largely seen as the handiwork of President Paul Kagame, says Patrick Hajayandi, a researcher with the South African-based [...]

The politics of the message

By | 2019-03-28T12:13:50+02:00 Mar 28th, 2019|Categories: News|

The election campaigning season has proven to be lacklustre at best and excruciatingly anaemic at worst. Twenty-five years into South Africa’s independence from the anti-human policies of the apartheid era, the political messaging in the 2019 poll is symptomatic of the absence of any inspirational “message” or grand narratives that can unify the society. Politicians across [...]

Optimistic IEC? Hiked youth registration will unlikely yield anticipated voter turnout

By | 2019-03-26T10:35:33+02:00 Mar 26th, 2019|Categories: News|

In less than two months South Africa will be holding its fifth democratic elections and political parties have hit the ground running with campaigns, hoping to strengthen their voter base. As generational replacement occurs and younger potential voters enter the system in growing numbers, political parties will ramp up their charm offensives to woo this demographic [...]

Truth and Reconciliation: The South African Experience. A paper presented at the civil society commemoration of the 2019 International Women’s Day in Zimbabwe

By | 2019-03-15T15:58:02+02:00 Mar 15th, 2019|Categories: News|

Truth and Reconciliation: The South African Experience. A paper presented at the civil society commemoration of the 2019 International Women’s Day in Zimbabwe, by Webster Zambara (PhD), Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), Cape Town, South Africa. Introduction      Thank you the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) [We come from far working together] for providing [...]


By | 2019-03-08T11:56:26+02:00 Mar 8th, 2019|Categories: News, Press Releases|

18 January 2019 The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation [IJR], the Dullah Omar Institute [DOI], the Public Service Accountability Monitor [PSAM] and a growing number of civil society organisations have noted with serious concern the recent Protest Suicide of Lennox Mzuhleli Garane, Section Manager: Multilateral Relations in International Relations and Protocol Division of Parliament of the [...]

After the TRC: South Africa’s missed opportunity of prioritising mental health and psycho-social support

By | 2019-03-06T10:25:17+02:00 Mar 6th, 2019|Categories: News|

South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy this year. Last year, it marked the 20th anniversary of the submission of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to then-president Nelson Mandela. These are major milestones that warrant critical reflection. South Africans are trying to move out of the dark and long shadow which the past continues to cast [...]