Seminar organised by the South Africa Programme:

Excluded from Justice? (In)security and non-state justice in South Africa.

Speaker: Boyane Tshehla, Senior Researcher, Crime and Justice Programme, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa. 

Venue: Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 22-24 Universitetsgate (entrance by Norli book store), 4th Floor Seminar Room.

Date: Monday 26th January, 10.30am-12.30am

The inability of states to provide security for their citizens is observed as an increasing global phenomenon. In a country like South Africa the state is widely perceived as failing to cater for the security-needs of its citizens. The rich live in gated communities, while the poor live in the crime-infested townships. Aggravating this disparity is the fact that most criminal justice resources in South Africa are disproportionately concentrated in the rich stratums of society. What then are the poor supposed to do when faced with a tough choice: to rely on an insufficient state justice system or to initiate their own forms of security provision? Increasingly, many South Africans turn to home-brewed forms of security provision; a phenomenon generally referred to as vigilantism. The seminar will explore these dynamics

. All welcome!

Boyane Tshehla’s current research projects are the private security industry, vigilantism, traditional forms of justice and the performance of the state justice system. He holds a B.Proc (University of the North, SA), LLM (University of Cape Town, SA) and was Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Contact: Dr. Peris Jones, NCHR, tel: 22842020, email: