Source: (2001) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. October 2001. Issue 5. Downloaded 8 June 2004.This article discusses growing interest in southern Africa in restorative justice practices, reporting on a conference of the South African Association for Conflict Intervention. Elaine Dyer, a member of New Zealand’s court-referred restorative justice training team, spoke at the conference, and responded to the concern that restorative justice is a soft option for offenders. Anecdotes relate to vigilante justice groups in South Africa’s townships and child soldiers in Angola.