Current Institutional Affiliation
Junior Researcher, Wits School of Governance, University of Pretoria

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2016
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria
Transitional justice and reconciliation in Zimbabwe: A case study on tradition-based approaches in two local communities.

Over the past three decades Zimbabwe has succumbed to conflicts and a constant feature has been the lack of political will on the part of government to address the demand for justice by the local community. This failure of the government to provide effective processes of redress, as well as its inability to find sustainable solutions to intra-community conflicts, has created a gap in terms of peacebuilding in Zimbabwe. This research draws from the peacebuilding discourse as it attempts to develop an understanding of how the local practices for conflict resolution could complement the national transitional justice and reconciliation processes in Zimbabwe. Through a qualitative ethnographic case study, the research will focus on two local communities, namely, Buhera and Mudzi districts. A triangulation approach will be adopted in the form of archival studies, oral life histories, interviews, participant observation and focus groups; in order to enrich the research output.