Source: (2007) Seminar on Restorative Justice and Non-Custodial Sentences in the North West Province. Mmabatho Convention Centre. 27 and 28 July 2007.

A host of experts are here who will deal elaborately with restorative justice and non-custodial sentences. For me, it suffices to echo the views of the United Nations that restorative justice is an approach to problem solving that, in its various forms, involves the victim, the offender, their social networks, justice agencies and the community. Restorative justice programmes are based on the fundamental principle that criminal behaviour not only violates the law, but also injures victims and the community. Any efforts to address the consequences of criminal behaviour not only violates the law, but also injures victims and the community. Any efforts to address the consequences of criminal behaviour should, where possible, involve the offender as well as these injured parties,while also providing help and support that the victim and offender require. (excerpt)