Source: (2006) Pretoria: The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.

This report explores the development of the restorative justice paradigm in South Africa. Since 1994 there have been numerous policies that have sought to incorporate restorative principles. Notwithstanding its growing popularity, its integration into the national criminal justice agenda for reform is fraught with difficulties, both theoretical and practical. Tshehla (2004) highlights the general lack of agreement between state departments and NGO’s in South Africa on the meaning of restorative justice. This report will critically evaluate developments so far and highlight key priorities for the criminal justice system as well as restorative justice practitioners. (excerpt)

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