Dec 9, 2021

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How restorative justice can bring health to SA’s fractured communities

Efforts to introduce restorative justice into various scenarios across South Africa are bearing fruit, and the stories will be featured this week, International Restorative Justice Week.

This year’s theme is “Protection and.” Strengthening the injured person “. , and is particularly geared towards work in South Africa. Restorative Justice is a system that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community in general.

One practitioner, Venessa Padayachee from the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, who Already in collaboration with various NPOs, conflict resolution experts and the Restorative Justice Center (RJC) – presented three case studies that illustrate the success of restorative justice interventions.

Participated under the title “Stories of Healing and Recovery” Padayachee’s project collaborates with three Khulisa beneficiaries.

Khulisa Social Solutions and the RJC have taken concrete steps to transform the way people live in South Africa, proving that restorative justice initiatives are both safe and secure Community progress can radically improve.

“We have different types of dialogue around the how the establishment, bringing in members of the base community and showing their ability to negotiate their own peace. In this way we open up opportunities for investment in the development of people to their full potential as constructive members of society, especially through NGOs at that level, ”said Lesley Ann van Selm, Founder and MD at Khulisa.

She said Khulisa and the RJC intend to send qualified mediators to the hardest hit communities in South Africa to reduce crime, violence and bullying.

“Our people are hungry for what we know so passionately wanting to strengthen them. Our benefactors have already seen the positive results of our work, “said Van Selm.

Padayachee said the cases highlighted this week illustrate how peace mediation prevented further disasters.

Your first die The story was that of Peter Kapaso, 38, from Zimbabwe, who joined the Khulisa dolls awareness program on sexual violence and the child justice law in schools in 2012.

He felt the effects of xenophobia when his community rejected him , said “no foreigner” could lead them.

“The community was finally won through a mediation process. Peter has earned their respect and now runs his own NGO,” said Padayachee.

Xoliswa Olifant, 45, has a pigmentation problem and albinism, she won an internship at City Lodge but lacked the tools and supplies to help people like her with their visual and disability problems e she had difficulty completing the program.

With the help of Khulisa, she initiated a meeting with City Lodge, who invited her to make recommendations. They contacted her this year for a referral as they wanted to invite another person with albinism to join their home economics department.

The third case was that of Lydia Sono, a community builder and health trainer. Sono and her friend were attacked and raped by a group of men they knew.

They reported the matter and the police treated them badly – they disparagingly labeled them lesbians, declined the case and referred them to the Hospital. Sono tried several times to file charges, but was fobbed off and instructed to take the suspects in herself if she wanted to take action.

Depressed, she attempted suicide.

Eventually she received Help from a supporting NGO, founded her own self-help group and more than 200 people from her community have come out as gay.

She has now registered the Lydio Sono Foundation, held 10 community dialogues and is a respected activist. She has received awards for bravery, participated in a Green Paper campaign to get the Home Office to include a third gender identification in ID cards and to found a church that does not discriminate against LGBTI people.