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Title:Non-State Justice in the Post Apartheid South Africa: A Scan of Khayelitsha
Author:Tshehla, Boyane
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:national security
Urbanization and Migration
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
civil society
Community power
Justice, Administration of
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487326
Abstract:The structures of ordering that exist in present-day South Africa are in many respects, and substantially, different from the ones that existed before 1994, and so is the State justice machinery that coexists with them. There are a variety of organizations that provide safety, security and dispute resolution in the townships. These range from street committees to private security structures as well as structures that straddle State and non-State ordering. This variety in social ordering is manifest in Khayelitsha, a black residential area on the outskirts of Cape Town, the focus of this article. Based on research conducted in the Western Cape Province between March 2000 and June 2001, the author discusses the following structures: Khayelitsha Community Police Forum; street committees, mainly affiliated to the South African National Civic Organizations (SANCO); chiefs and headmen, members of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa); and the Peninsula Anti-crime Agency (Peaca), formed in 1998 by ex-members of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the Azanian People's Liberation Army, Self-Defence Units and the South African National Defence Force. All these non-State ordering mechanisms are aimed at the poor black township residents. They all appear to be some form of second-class justice. The sphere of ordering itself has become both a competitive terrain and increasingly uncertain, with the State conspicuously absent, or at least, insufficiently present. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]