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

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2017
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, 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 many Zimbabweans have been subjected to politically motivated violence, and a constant feature has been the lack of political will on the part of government to address the demand for justice by the affected parties. Arguably, this failure of the government to provide effective processes of redress, as well as its inability to implement measures that inhibit further conflicts, has created a gap in terms of peacebuilding in Zimbabwe. Drawing from the peacebuilding discourse this research explores how indigenous mechanisms for justice could complement or supplant the inadequacies of the national transitional justice and reconciliation processes in Zimbabwe. Through a qualitative ethnographic case study, the research examines indigenous mechanisms for justice in two local communities, namely, Buhera and Mudzi districts. A triangulation approach is adopted in the form of archival studies, interviews, participant observation and focus groups; in order to enrich the research output.