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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation shapes national approaches to transitional justice and reconciliation in Africa.



OPINION | Jan Hofmeyr: A fragile context requires responsible campaigning ahead of municipal poll

On 1 November, South Africans will, for the fifth time, get the opportunity to cast their vote in democratic local government elections to choose those that will represent them in the sphere of government that most directly affects their lives. When viewed against the backdrop of our history, their conduct within the appointed time frame remains a significant milestone. [...]

Oct 21st, 2021|

Who finances Mozambique’s insurgency?

Mozambique remains beset by an ongoing and devastating insurgency from the Islamist group Ahlu-Sunna Wa-Jama’a (also known as al-Shabaab). Despite bilateral and regional military interventions from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the group is forging ahead in consolidating its presence in the north of the country. At the end of September, it resumed organised attacks against [...]

Oct 15th, 2021|

News release: South Africans’ trust in police drops to new low, Afrobarometer survey finds

Popular trust in the South African Police Service (SAPS) has declined by about half over the past decade. Most citizens think most police officials are corrupt, and a small number of citizens report having to pay bribes to obtain police assistance or avoid problems with the police.

Oct 8th, 2021|

IJR Appoints Professor Cheryl Hendricks as its new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Cheryl Hendricks as its new Executive Director commencing on the 1st of October 2021. She succeeds the former ED, Mr Stanley Henkeman, who passed away in December 2020. Prof Hendricks, currently the Executive Head of the Africa Institute of South [...]

Oct 1st, 2021|

SA Reconciliation Barometer features prominently in new DPME Report

The South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB), the IJR’s nationally representative public opinion survey on issues of social cohesion and governance, has featured prominently in a new report and policy brief published by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) entitled Trust in Government: Evidence Synthesis and International Benchmarking Study.

Sep 29th, 2021|

Food security in our lifetime

Unquestionably, the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on all facets of human life. From an overwhelmed healthcare employment, from fractured social relations to civil unrest and instability, no part of the human experience in South Africa and globally has been left unaffected by the virus. However, Covid-19 did not affect all segments of the population equally and those classed within marginalized social and economic groups were particularly vulnerable to the detrimental effects of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. In case the vast inequalities in South Africa were not sufficiently obvious, the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the unjust and inequitable structures that failed those not safely situated in the upper-middle class.

Sep 29th, 2021|

Covid-19 and the enduring legancies of systemic racism

Covid-19 has exacerbated South Africa’s most pressing socioeconomic inequities. Worsening inequality, a rising cost of living, systemic corruption, high unemployment, and government austerity paints a picture of a country under severe strain. These dire socioeconomic realities continue to affect the poor and most vulnerable in our communities. While Covid-19 continues to be a challenge for all, research shows that poor black and coloured people remain disproportionately affected by the crisis, which is indicative of the legacies of our apartheid history

Sep 29th, 2021|

Strengthening transitional justice in the Central African Republic

From 13-17 September 2021, the IJR and ITI held a learning visit for the new appointees of the Truth, Justice, Reparations and Reconciliation Commission (Commission Vérité, Justice, Réparations et Réconciliation, CVJRR) from the Central African Republic (CAR). The high-level delegation attended a workshop in Pretoria, which focused on sharing South Africa’s practical experiences on transitional justice, as well as lessons and insights applicable to the CAR Commission.

Sep 29th, 2021|

Important Notice

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