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Restorative justice in legislation

Kamaldien, Yazeed
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Today (2 February). Cape Town, South Africa: The International Child and Youth Care Network.

In this article taken from the Cape Times, Yazeed Kamaldien writes about youth justice developments in South Africa with respect to righting wrongs and restoring balance in families and communities. Before the European presence in South Africa, indigenous justice was determined by representatives of the community, with the inclusion of the offender and the victim. This was part of ubuntu, an African lifestyle of respect and understanding between individuals. These aspects of ubuntu, claims Kamaldien, are being reintroduced into the countryxe2x80x99s criminal justice system in the form of restorative justice. To support this, Kamaldien looks at restorative justice elements in draft legislation for youth justice and sentencing in South Africa.


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