Source: (2000) United Nations Crime Congress: Ancillary Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 2000.

Swart, a member of South Africaxe2x80x99s Parliament, addresses the hopeful prospect that practicing RJ would give to address the greatly elevated crime rate in SA that accompanied the end of apartheid. Swart notes that years of abuses by and within the formal legal system under apartheid left it delegitimized. Swart outlines the principles and practices of RJ and points out how they mirror traditional African principles for restoring harmony in communities where offenses have been committed. He counsels that any model of RJ must be framed within a culture of rights and should be used to promote respect for and obedience to the law at local level


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