The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is an independently funded South African non-governmental organisation, affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Since its inception in 1989, the CSVR has been dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to peaceful and fundamental transformation in South Africa and hence, in the Southern African region. The CSVR is committed to:
In pursuit of these broad objectives, the CSVR engages in:
The CSVR works with a wide range of organisations, constituencies and stake-holders in both the governmental and non-governmental sectors. These include (amongst others):
The CSVR is a multi-disciplinary unit, engaging the services of sociologists, psychologists, criminologists, social workers, lawyers, educationalists, historians, etc. - all under one roof. The Centre's spheres of expertise relate to a wide range of forms of violence and conflict, including criminal, political, domestic and gender violence, violence against children, violence emanating from the processes of development, violence in industry as well as within the educational sphere.
Through our programmes, it is the CSVR's mission not only to service the processes of transition and democratisation, but to help generate peace and reconciliation essential to the long term prospects of sustainable socio-economic development in South Africa and in the sub-continent.
Therefore, the primary goal of the CSVR is to utilise its expertise in building reconciliation, democracy and a human rights culture within Southern African governance and society. However, because the CSVR's work is rooted in an analysis of the shifting forms of conflict and violence within societies enduring a transition to democracy, much of the Centre's work is drawn upon in the wider international context.
In the wake of the euphoria of the 1994 election and the much heralded peaceful South African transition, 1995 proved to be a uniquely challenging year for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). Far from representing a "miraculous" end to the transition process, the April election in 1994 really represented the beginning of a more fundamental process of transformation. As a consequence, 1995 presented a range of issues which were symptomatic of the difficulties of a negotiated transition and which were often un-anticipated or under estimated. Many of these challenges arose from the very processes of negotiated compromise which were intrinsic to the shift from the politics of confrontation in South Africa.
Perhaps most obvious in this regard, were two agreements negotiated by the various political parties at Kempton Park.
The first of these was the "sunset clause" which provided for the retention of civil servants within the line departments of government structures. This presented a challenge which has shaped developments within governance in South Africa in the years which have followed. New policy makers and new political leadership confronted the substantial difficulty of winning the support and active participation of departmental bureaucracies in the implementation of new policy perspectives. Furthermore, the retention of key personnel within state departments, also laid bare the challenge of building and transforming state institutions which had to overcome the public mistrust often associated with them under Apartheid. In terms of the CSVR's broad objectives to build reconciliation and to contribute to the consolidation of democratic governance in South Africa, our work was fundamentally influenced by these developments within government - particularly in the Departments of Welfare, Education, Policing and Correctional Services, with which we are specifically concerned.
The second key compromise negotiated at Kempton Park which played an important role in shaping the work and agendas of the CSVR during 1995, was the entrenchment of an amnesty clause within the "post-amble" to the interim constitution. Apart from the challenges which this added to the transformation of state institutions, this compromise also substantially shaped the terms of the reconciliation-building process and the subsequent development of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The key role of the CSVR in mediating the effects of these political agreements has dominated the definition of our agenda in the past year.
Whilst the challenges outlined above are somewhat obvious ingredients which emerged from the negotiated transition, there are some other factors which are perhaps less obvious, but which were no less influential in shaping the strategic objectives of the CSVR in the course of 1995. Foremost amongst these was the implicit challenge of development and service delivery which confronted the new government and to which the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) was the primary governmental response. However, the processes of redress through reconstruction are understandably medium to long term in nature and delivery is, in the short term, at best haphazard. However, economic development has been widely - and rather naively - viewed as a "catch-all" solution to problems of violence and political instability, with scant view being given to the new conflicts and social tensions which such developmental initiatives may generate within communities divided over scarce access to resources. In the work of the CSVR during 1995, the paradigm of "human development" and the imperative of rebuilding the social fabric of communities devastated by years of marginalisation, has been practically asserted. The CSVR's developmental work during the past year has demonstrated that the rebuilding of social and political infrastructure in South Africa, along with the need to grow and sustain a culture of human rights, are inseparable from the processes of economic and physical reconstruction.
However, the extent to which the South African transition has often been romanticised, has been manifest in the frequent descriptions of South Africa as a "post-conflict" society. In reality, however, this is insensitive to the changing nature of conflict in post-Apartheid society, rather than the termination of such conflict. This narrow view is often premised on the past anticipation by analysts (including ourselves) that failure by the government to deliver on popular expectations of development, job creation, housing, etc. may result in a "political back-lash", particularly on the part of a marginalised and impoverished youth constituency. But, this "political back-lash" did not materialise, leading many (perhaps even government) to become complacent. However, it is arguable that the parallel decreases in political violence and increases in criminal violence in the post-Apartheid era, reflects precisely such a back-lash - but it is manifested in growing criminalisation, rather than a politically articulated process.
These are the dilemmas of the South African "miracle" with which the CSVR has had to work over the past year and which continue to shape our future agendas. They all relate directly to the CSVR Departments and their respective activity reports which are detailed in this Annual Report - from the Youth Department and the Truth and Reconciliation Department, to the Trauma Clinic, the Policing and Prisons Research Projects, and the CSVR's Education and Training Department.
In addition, there have been other more "sector-specific" concerns which have emerged as part of our transition in the past year. Not least of these has been the growing "organisational schizophrenia" which has confronted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the CSVR, in having to span the traditional NGO activities of service substitution and critical scrutiny of government - as well as maximising the potential of new opportunities for creative lobbying and partnerships with government. Increasing demand and the growing complexity of our relationships with government has also presented certain dangers. In particular, the ease with which organisations like the CSVR can be drawn into full-time implementation on behalf of government, threatens to undermine the creative policy research and pilot interventions upon which our expertise has historically been based. However, in creatively harnessing the potential of these "dangerous opportunities", it is our evaluation that the CSVR has gone a substantial way towards defining a new NGO perspective and approach - which is as much a product of the South African transition as the conditions in which it was conceived.
Nonetheless, perhaps the greatest irony of the South African transition has been the implicit threat which it has unwittingly contained for the NGO sector. In the CSVR's 1994 Annual Report, we alerted our donors to the absurdity that NGOs appeared to be less able to survive the attentions of a friendly government, than they had been in dealing with the hostile Apartheid regime. In particular the tendency of government to recruit key NGO staff, has had a serious detrimental impact on many of these organisations - especially in view of the fact that government generally pays considerably higher salaries than those affordable within the NGO sector.
Whilst we have little doubt that this will produce more effective government institutions, in the long-run it seriously undermines civil society and the capacity of the NGOs in particular. However, even in the light of these ongoing dilemmas, we remain positive and (rather typically) analytical. To this end, in the tradition of NGO optimism, we psychologically reconstruct the detrimental impact on our operations which results from government recruitment of our staff, as if it is a kind of "conquest through traitorship". Whilst retaining a sense of humour in relation to these processes, it is important that their impact on effective representation of the needs of marginalised South Africans is not to be too glibly overlooked. This is best illustrated by the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which has drawn heavily on staff recruited from the NGO sector, rather than sub-contracting NGOs and thereby assisting to build their capacity rather than undermine it. However, the ultimate irony resides in the fact that once its limited two year life cycle is completed, the TRC and South African society will ultimately depend on the NGOs to translate its work into the building of a sustainable human rights culture in the schools, factories and state institutions - yet it is very uncertain as to whether these organs of civil society will have retained the capacity to do so.
To overcome some of these problems, there is a need for NGOs to offer more competitive salaries and increased benefits to their staff. However, this depends on effective fund-raising and the recognition by donors of these developing priorities. This should be conceptualised as an investment in individuals who, through civil society, are instrumental in ensuring a lasting democracy.
Ultimately, for the CSVR - as for most NGOs - our major indispensable sources of value are our human resources. This was as true of 1995 as in the years which preceded it. This Annual Report is ultimately a tribute to the dedicated, committed, self-sacrificing, self-exploiting and utterly unique people who have worked their hearts out in this organisation over the past year. One of them deserves special mention - not for his being here, but for his leaving. In 1995, the former Director and founding member of the CSVR, Lloyd Vogelman left the organisation. His remarkable contribution to this organisation and to the wider South African community cannot be properly captured in words on a page. Suffice it to say, for the CSVR this is the end of an era.
The management and staff of the CSVR wish to express our gratitude to the full range of embassies, institutions and foundations which have made such generous contributions in support of the various activities, projects and programmes of the CSVR during 1995.
In particular, the CSVR and its staff are indebted to those long-term donors who have provided the organisational and occupational stability which has allowed the Centre to flourish over the past seven years. In times of great change and budgetary "belt-tightening", it has been the sustained commitment of our core funding partners which has enabled the CSVR to consolidate (and even expand) our organisation and its activities - at a time when many of our fraternal South African NGOs face the spectre of retrenchments or even permanent closure.
The full list of the Centre's financial supporters during 1995 - through either donations or substantial commissioned work - is provided in alphabetical order below:
Anglo Vaal Group Trust (SA)
The Belgian Embassy
Bread for the World (Germany)
The European Union (via SACBC)
The Ford Foundation (USA)
FOS - Fonds voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (Belgium)
Gencor Development Trust (SA)
ICCO (The Netherlands)
IDASA - Institute for a Democratic South Africa (SA)
Embassy of Ireland
Johannesburg Consolidated Investments (SA)
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK)
Justice in Transition (SA)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
Medico International (Germany)
The National Peace Accord Trust (SA)
One World Action (UK)
Oxfam UK & I (UK)
The Royal Danish Embassy
The Royal Netherlands Embassy
Charity Projects/Comic Relief [via Save the Children Fund (UK)]
St. George's United Church (SA)
Standard Bank Foundation (SA)
In addition, there have been many contributions to the CSVR's work made by generous individuals. These are too numerous to list individually here, but are all separately itemised and acknowledged within the financial statements.
No substantial changes have been made to the CSVR's management structures in the course of the past year. Members of staff are therefore still accountable firstly to the various Departmental Coordinators and to the Director of the CSVR. The CSVR Management Committee, consisting of all the Departmental Coordinators, the Director and the Deputy Director, has been functioning efficiently and has become increasingly innovative in developing policy for the Centre as a whole. Both the Management Committee and the monthly All-Staff Meetings have fulfilled an increasingly positive role in facilitating communication and coordination between the activities and employees of the various CSVR Departments.
The CSVR's University-based Steering Committee has undergone significant changes in membership in the course of 1995. In preceding CSVR Annual Reports, concern has been expressed over the lack of effective community representation on this Committee. In particular, it was felt that the racial and gender profile of the Steering Committee was inadequately reflective of the constituencies served by the CSVR. To this end representation was made to the University and membership of the Steering Committee was changed accordingly. The Steering Committee now has a gender and racial profile which is more representative of disadvantaged elements of South African society (the Committee previously consisted of seven white men). However, by virtue of the fact that Committee members have to be drawn from the University itself, the broad community constituencies served by the CSVR are still felt to be under-represented. This concern will once again be taken up with the University in the course of 1996.
The continued expansion of the Centre's activities has necessitated a concomitant increase in the staffing of the CSVR's Administration Department, as well as a critical evaluation of its functions and the services it provides to the staff of the various departments and to the organisation as a whole. In particular, the Department has had to set up and sophisticate a wide range of administrative systems during 1995.
Due to problems experienced with the University accounting system, in 1995 it became necessary for the CSVR Administration Department to develop the capacity to provide a detailed and accurate accounting system - independent of that provided by the University. This system now services the working budgets of all the Centre Departments and projects, as well as servicing the CSVR's donors. The Administration Department has also developed an extensive database of all the CSVR's donors, partners, clients and contact networks. In addition, in 1995 the Department organised the Centre's seminar programme, provided assistance in the convening of conferences and workshops, assisted staff with technological and computer support, as well as with secretarial back-up, and organised most of the in-house training for CSVR staff.
At the end of 1995, the Administration Department consisted of the Administration Coordinator; a part-time bookkeeper; a part-time information systems assistant; a full-time receptionist; a full-time secretary/administration assistant; a part-time messenger/office assistant; one full-time personal assistant to the Director and Deputy Director; and a full-time Funding Assistant.
The Administration Department effectively serviced the remainder of the Centre, which numbered 31 staff members by December 1995. It is anticipated that the staff complement of the CSVR will be further increased early in 1996. In view of this, it is considered imperative to recruit a full-time human resources/personnel officer in the course of 1996. Other Departmental plans for 1996 include the upgrading of the CSVR's information and communications technology, especially securing the Centre's access to E-Mail and the Internet. This will demand technology upgrading and will be accompanied by increased demands for staff training in this area - both of which will be dependent on available resources. It is also recognised that the Administration Department will have to more effectively service the Centre's public relations functions and assist in further developing the organisation's media profile.
The Centre's commitment to staff development and training was severely limited by funding constraints during 1995. The absence of an adequate staff development fund within the core CSVR budget is largely due to the failure to adequately anticipate the extent of this need in the original three year core funding proposals, prepared at the end of 1993. Nonetheless, many of the CSVR's staff have attended short courses offered by the University and by other NGOs, various skills development seminars and workshops, and some overseas conferences. The CSVR also encourages its staff in the pursuit of further post-graduate qualifications relevant to the CSVR's work. It is hoped that a more structured and in-depth staff training and development programme will be put in place in the course of the coming years, but this will be dependent on available funding.
The Centre's commitment to the recruitment and development of black and women staff continues. However, this is with some difficulty, as the salaries offered by the University (and funded by our donors) are lower than the market average. The premium placed on lateral entry affirmative action strategies employed in both the state and private sector, therefore makes it difficult to recruit skilled staff - and even more difficult to retain those trained at the CSVR. Nonetheless, the CSVR's Affirmative Action Committee continues to play an important role in all staffing, recruitment and staff development issues in the Centre.
The CSVR's Internship Programme is a key affirmative action initiative which has been in operation for several years. Thami Mayisela, one of the black trainees recruited in 1994, was employed in the CSVR's Youth Department as a trainer in 1995. Tlhoki Mofokeng was also employed as a trainee on a short-term contract and was soon promoted to the position of Field-worker in the Truth and Reconciliation Department. Another intern, Naseera Ali, completed her research internship contract in the Truth and Reconciliation Department at the end of September 1995, and has subsequently taken a post in the newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Naseera also worked extensively with the Policing Research Project during her internship and, along with her mentor on this project, completed a joint research report on labour relations in the South African Police Service. The success of the Internship Programme is in large part due to the commitment of all the staff of the Centre to the training and empowerment of newly qualified black and women graduates, and it is anticipated that this programme will continue into 1996 with equal success.
It is generally accepted that the turnover of staff in NGOs is higher than in the private or state sectors, and the Centre continues to lose skilled black staff, predominantly to various government departments. Several former CSVR staff have taken key positions in both provincial and national government departments over the past two years, and this has been documented in previous CSVR Annual Reports. Whilst this clearly represents a feather in the cap of the Centre, it nonetheless has a significant negative impact on the capacity of the organisation. The constant cycle of re-building capacity is not aided by difficulties confronted in staff recruitment, low salaries relative to those available elsewhere and limited resources available for staff development. To this end, in the course of 1996, the CSVR will have to consider creative methods to narrow the gap between the salaries offered by the Centre and those available elsewhere.
However, it is important to note that these staff losses are more than offset by the increasing commitment - particularly by senior staff - to the work of the Centre and to the NGO sector. This is evidenced by the growing number of staff who have now been with the Centre for three or more years, many of them having turned down comparatively lucrative job offers from other quarters. The dedicated, skilled and selfless staff of the CSVR remain its primary asset and it is for good reason that the salary bill of the CSVR constitutes almost 50% of the organisation's annual budget.
Under the committed hand and watchful eye of Andie Miller, the CSVR Resource Centre has grown into a significant library of research articles, books and policy documents on various aspects of violence, reconciliation and human rights, which services both Centre staff and the public. The sale and distribution of publications continues steadily, and although the Resource Centre does not generate much money, it does make a significant contribution to its own running costs.
Researchers and students from the University of the Witwatersrand were amongst some of the greatest users of the CSVR Resource Centre during 1995. The documents, materials and services of the Resource Centre were also extensively sought after by a wide range of NGOs, community groups and libraries, as well as by members of the press and the electronic media. A large number of interested individuals and members of the public also added to the Resource Centre's walk-in clientele. In particular, large numbers of requests for information, packages and specific research papers were received from abroad - from a wide range of organisations, educational institutions, academics, journalists and individuals. The Resource Centre has also been keeping the CSVR's donors informed about new research and publications produced by the CSVR staff.
In addition to servicing all of the above, much of 1995 was taken up with updating and maintaining the "institutional memory" of the Centre, so that anything written by past and present staff members can be accessed quickly and easily, when required.
Because of the administrative burden involved in the running of the Resource Centre, at the beginning of 1995 it was decided to relocate it within the CSVR Administration Department on a trial basis. However, it soon became clear that the Resource Centre would benefit greatly from a greater interface with the information base of the CSVR, upon which basis it was best able to service the CSVR's public educational objectives. It was therefore decided that in 1996 the Resource Centre should once again be relocated within the Centre's Education and Training Department. This decision was also linked to the CSVR's expanded production of popular and multi-media educational materials. It is imperative that the Resource Centre is very closely involved in the production, marketing and distribution of these materials, making the CSVR's Education and Training Department the natural home for the Resource Centre.
It is our evaluation that the CSVR is now at a point in its development where it is necessary to expand the technological and organisational capacity of the CSVR Resource Centre - and we are in the process of fund raising to facilitate this process. This will enable us to upgrade our computer equipment, become networked and employ another staff member to take over the administration of the Resource Centre which continues to grow daily. This increased capacity will allow us to document our resources in a more sophisticated way, and will mean that we can make our research more widely available and engage in more substantial networking with organisations involved in similar work to ourselves.
The upgrading of the Resource Centre is also imperative to developing and expanding the CSVR's research capacity, as well as its lobbying and advocacy functions, and is therefore a strategic priority in the years ahead. In this respect, the opening up of the "information super-highway" is a very exciting prospect for an organisation such as the CSVR and we expect that 1996 will provide us with many previously unimagined opportunities. Unfortunately the CSVR does not currently have the financial resources to achieve this expanded functioning and fund raising for the Resource Centre will therefore have to be specifically undertaken in the course of 1996.
The CSVR Trauma Clinic continues to play an important role in the delivery of trauma counselling to victims of violence. Although the past year has witnessed a decrease in the number of referrals for political violence, there has been a marked increase in referrals due to violent crime and levels of sexual and domestic violence remain extremely high. This has impacted on the lives of all South Africans and affects functioning within homes, the workplace and schools. It is therefore critical for the emotional and psychological well-being of all South Africans that trauma counselling, as well as education and training on the effects of violence, is offered to as many sectors of society as possible, and the Trauma Clinic plays an essential role in this respect.
The centrality of the Clinic is especially important in view of the understandable failure of the new government to quickly remedy the non-delivery of these basic mental health services to the majority of South Africans - which was inherited with the virtually non-existent social welfare infrastructure of the Apartheid regime. Furthermore, the importance of such services is receiving wider recognition in the context of government's commitment to dealing with the past through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the development of a victim-centred National Crime Prevention Strategy.
During the course of 1995, the Trauma Clinic expanded its staff complement to five full time members, including Palesa Makhale-Mahlangu as the Coordinator, Mary Robertson as the Clinical Supervisor and Merle Masinga as the Clinic Receptionist. Michelle Whiteside unfortunately left the Clinic in October to return to her home in the United Kingdom; the position of child therapist has been filled by Marilyn Donaldson who joined the Clinic in November. In July the clinic recruited Jill Huber, another clinical psychologist, to assist with the increasing demands for training, supervision and counselling. At the end of the year Palesa Makhale-Mahlangu went on maternity leave and was replaced by Mary Robertson as the Acting Clinic Coordinator.
In addition to the full time staff members, a Social Work student from Wits University completed her practical training in the clinic, a mutually beneficial arrangement which we hope to continue and which has the support of the University. The capacity of the Clinic was also enhanced by the participation of trained volunteers.
Staff members participated in various staff development courses, including conferences and seminars, computer training courses, telephone skills training, public speaking and management courses. Our receptionist participated in the Volunteer Trauma Counselling Training Course, which has improved her skills in handling the traumatised public when they attend the clinic and when they phone in.
The extended capacity of the CSVR Trauma Clinic remains a priority for 1996 as the demand for our services appears to be almost limitless. Unfortunately, recruitment of skilled personnel into this sector is particularly difficult, especially considering the non-competitive salaries being offered. Further recruitment of staff will remain a priority for 1996.
In 1995, the Trauma Clinic had a total of 853 new referrals for individual trauma counselling, excluding clients that were seen in groups for group de-briefings. Of this total figure, 759 were adults and 94 were children. This doubles the intake of the previous year in which a total of 432 new clients were referred.
Most of these clients were seen for short term counselling of between four and six sessions. However, for some of these clients, this was insufficient and they needed additional sessions. This was due to the complexity of their difficulties and the multiple and ongoing traumas to which they had been exposed. Another complicating factor is that many clients have suffered bereavement/s and need grief counselling in addition to the trauma counselling.
The Clinic continues to see both direct victims and witnesses to violence of various forms, including political, criminal, sexual and domestic violence. Over the last year there has been a significant increase in referrals due to criminal violence, in particular armed robberies and car hijacking - which together constituted about 70% of the adult referrals. Of concern has been the increasingly high levels of violence used in such situations and the multiple incidents of violence that people have been exposed to.
The Clinic also received an increasing number of referrals due to road accidents and taxi violence. A growing number of refugees has been serviced at the Clinic in the last year; these clients present with multiple social needs as well as being traumatised by the experiences which have contributed to their refugee status.
Group debriefings have been conducted in different sectors, including the retail sector, mines, schools, emergency service groups, clinics and the security industry. Various companies have entered into contracts with the Clinic to service their organisations with individual counselling and group debriefings as required. A number of family debriefings have been carried out and there has been a greater emphasis on family interventions, due to the establishment of the Child Therapy Unit.
Volunteer counsellors continue to play an integral role in the Trauma Clinic. A new group of volunteer counsellors participated in the training programme, conducted for two afternoons per week over a period of ten weeks, when a total of twenty counsellors was trained. A number of these counsellors have left the Clinic to pursue further studies or full time employment. At present, there are eleven volunteer counsellors still servicing the Clinic. The reduction in our volunteer counselling staff has placed additional strain on the remaining staff, particularly as we have lost many of our African language counsellors. The next volunteer training programme will be conducted in April 1996 and is intended to train as many additional African language counsellors as possible.
While it is unfortunate that there is a relatively high turnover of volunteer counsellors, this seems to be in keeping with the nature of volunteer agencies in general. Furthermore, the training provided constitutes a significant investment in developing trauma counselling capacity in the wider community. The work experience and training gained by the volunteers in the CSVR Trauma Clinic has directly assisted many of the volunteers to find employment, as well as with entrance into further studies in related fields.
The volunteers have seen many clients for individual trauma counselling as well as assisting clinic staff with debriefings, outreach work, networking and training workshops, particularly with school children in order to raise awareness of sexual abuse. The volunteers continue to receive regular supervision and ongoing training in order to consolidate and build on their existing skills.
During the course of 1995, the Trauma Clinic provided numerous training programmes, ranging from short introductory talks to full three - five day training workshops. These were conducted in Gauteng as well as in other regions such as Kwa-Zulu Natal. The workshops and training programmes were offered to a wide range of interest groups, including corporate clients, medical and para-medical professionals, the South African Police Services and educational institutions. Much valuable training material has been generated through servicing these varied requests and it is intended to collate these materials into manuals for future use.
Every training programme run by the CSVR includes a formal evaluation to provide feedback so as to continually improve the training service delivery. In general, the feedback that the Clinic has received in relation to its various training programmes has been very positive, and has generally led to further requests.
The training offered by the Clinic is considered essential to providing others with skills to further facilitate the long-term provision of victim aid and effective management of trauma in South Africa. The training that has been provided to groups such as police and emergency personnel, teachers, nursing staff, doctors and managers is considered particularly important, as these are the people who are often the first point of contact for the traumatised public. It is our evaluation that sensitive and professional handling at this stage can significantly reduce further secondary victimisation and also enhance the prospects of survivor recovery.
In 1995, the Trauma Clinic continued to liaise and work with various organisations involved in service delivery, including organisations such as: People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA), Joint Enrichment Project (JEP), various church groups, the Red Cross, various legal aid and resource centres, the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO), the 702 Crisis Centre, Compassionate Friends, Child Line, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Project for Violence, the Cape Town Trauma Centre, the National Peace Accord Trust and the Gauteng Regional Mental Health Forum. A closer working relationship has also developed with various state institutions such as the Departments of Health, of Social Welfare and various units of the South African Police Services, such as the Child Protection Unit.
The Clinic has networked with a number of international organisations such as Amnesty International, as well as with trauma counsellors from other countries. The Trauma Clinic's international profile and networking ability has been substantially enhanced through our relationship with the Danish-based International Rehabilitation Council On Torture (IRCT). In 1995, Palesa Makhale-Mahlangu was an acting IRCT Council member and towards the end of the year, was appointed as the sole representative for Africa on the IRCT Bureau. Her three year term on this decision-making body commences in January 1996. Palesa remains a full member of the IRCT Council as well.
Much of the Trauma Clinic's national networking has been conducted through a process of mutual referrals, visits, speaking engagements and joint projects. Due to the limited resources generally allocated to trauma work in South Africa - combined with the sheer magnitude of the problems related to violence in the country - it is considered essential for effective service provision that these national networks and channels of communication be further developed and maintained. The cooperative working relationship between NGOs in this sector is crucial to establishing a national network of service providers which contributes significantly to filling the gap left by the effective non-delivery of state service providers in this sphere. In this respect, the networking relationships being developed by the CSVR Trauma Centre should be seen to offer much more than simply communications channels for cooperation. We are involved in building the service infrastructure which, in years to come, should ideally be subsidized or taken over by government.
The Trauma Clinic has also substantially developed its lobbying and advocacy functions in the course of 1995. Although this aspect of the Clinic's work has largely taken a back seat in the context of our service delivery and training priorities, it is considered extremely important to develop the capacity to influence public perceptions and state policy formation in regard to victim support. Through our service provision activities, the CSVR Trauma Clinic has developed a unique access to the grassroots concerns of victims of violence and crime. As such, we have recognised and sought to enhance our capacity to translate this access into effective lobbying and public awareness of the service and policy priorities which urgently need to be addressed in South Africa. In particular, in 1995 our attention was focused on issues related to child abuse and, in the course of the year, a network was established with other role-players to propose changes in the management of child abuse in the police and criminal justice system. It is anticipated that the Clinic will need to play an increasingly active role in lobbying around related mental health issues in the future.
During 1995, the Clinic became involved in an outreach project in Orange Farm, which is an informal squatter settlement in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg. The Clinic offered a service once a week during which a number of individual children were seen for counselling and a group of volunteers from within the community were trained in child abuse awareness programmes. The outreach programme was not without its difficulties and the Clinic learned some valuable lessons through this experience, which will hopefully improve our approach to any future community development work. In particular, the difficulties in delivering trauma services within impoverished communities which have absolutely no infrastructure, cannot be underestimated. Furthermore, the delivery of such services inevitably taps into the broader range of needs within these communities, and special attention must constantly be given to managing these engagements in a specialised field without raising expectations of wider delivery which will inevitably be frustrated. These frustrated expectations have the potential to damage community confidence in the delivery of trauma services.
In the course of 1995, the CSVR Trauma Clinic expanded its outreach programmes considerably through providing numerous presentations in schools, businesses and for community organisations. Clinic staff also participated extensively in various community radio talk shows and television programmes, and produced articles in the printed media which allowed us to educate sectors of the public about trauma. The Star newspaper continued to run a regular free advertisement for our service, which has resulted in many referrals.
Another aspect of our outreach work has been to link clients with other organisations when they require services beyond the scope of the Clinic. This has included accompanying and referring clients to agencies dealing with AIDS, substance abuse, termination of pregnancies, and a range of other social and physical needs.
Client data for the year is entered into our database, which was reviewed and extended during 1995. As a result of the upgrading of this database, additional information will be available from the beginning of 1996, including such data as: details about the perpetrators of violence; HIV status following rape and child abuse; the use of weapons in violent incidents; and the nature of the crimes committed. This database can then be used to inform research and policy work, as well as assisting us to maintain statistics on the clients we see and the needs of our client population.
1995 witnessed a tremendous growth in the activities and scope of work in the Child Therapy Unit. At the start of 1995, the publicity of the Child Therapy Unit was made a priority. A programme of networking was undertaken and media contacts were made to ensure that different children's groups were targeted. This has proved to be highly successful and the Child Therapy Unit is now an integral component of the Trauma Clinic services. There has also been close co-operation and joint work between the Unit and the Children and Violence Intervention Project of the CSVR.
As a result of this growth, the Child Therapy Unit receives approximately twenty new referrals each month. The bulk of these referrals are for child rape survivors with an average age of five - eight years. The remaining referrals consist of children who have witnessed or been involved in criminal violence such as: car hijacking, armed robberies and assault, witnesses to the murder or attempted murder of a parent/s, victims of or witnesses to domestic violence, involvement in political violence; or children who have themselves been perpetrators of violence.
The work with children has necessitated developing new modes of therapy (which more adequately account for South African conditions), as well as much more family therapy and interventions within the schools environment. It has also become necessary to carry out longer-term child therapy, because the short-term model is not appropriate for more complex trauma and is frequently insensitive to the children's particular developmental stages. Another difficulty faced by the Child Therapy Unit has been that of language. The CSVR's child therapists have both been English speaking and have had to work predominantly through an interpreter. One of our volunteer counsellors worked in this capacity and will be employed on a full time basis from 1996.
Towards the end of 1995, our Child Therapy Unit began to assist at the Zamakuhle Clinic in Soweto. This is a Department of Health and Population Development clinic, targeted at providing a service for child abuse. Both the CSVR Child Therapist and Interpreter spend one full day per week at this unit, where they see children for therapy and assessment - both in groups and individually.
As noted above, the Child Therapy Unit has done extensive training in schools, at a local teacher training college, with the national SAPS Child Protection Unit, as well as in the Orange Farm Community Project. A pool of our volunteer counsellors was specially trained in child abuse awareness programmes, which have been offered in a number of schools.
Due to the enormous shortage of resources for children in the Gauteng Province, it is anticipated that the Child Therapy Unit will need to gravitate towards performing a consultative role and assisting with the training and education of other potential service providers - rather than merely aiming at constantly extending our direct service provision. Many of the programmes carried out by the Child Therapy Unit during the course of 1995, have already been in line with this objective.
It was intended to establish a satellite clinic in 1995, but this did not come to fruition due to excessive demands, shortage of personnel and difficulties experienced in recruitment. It is still intended to pursue this project, with the aim of commencing in June 1996. The satellite clinic will be based in an existing health clinic and will be aimed at servicing both adults and children who have been victims of violence and do not have access to our present service facilities.
One of the aims of this project is to enskill people within the particular community and we are planning to train volunteer counsellors from the area to operate in the clinic, which will still be under the supervision of the Trauma Clinic. It is envisaged that the Clinic will operate for one day a week in an initial six month pilot project.
In an attempt to make our counselling service more professional, it is planned to restructure the operations of the CSVR Trauma Clinic in 1996. This restructuring will include regular case conferences which will be aimed at various professionals working in the area, as well as the development of a "journal club" to enable us to keep abreast of current developments in the field of trauma. It is hoped that these forums will facilitate debate and new ideas and ways of working, specific to the South African context.
At present, we are investigating the possibility of registration of our full-time staff and volunteer counsellors with the International Society for Traumatic Stress. In order to register with this international body, certain counselling and training requirements need to be fulfilled which will ensure that we maintain recognised professional standards.
Another attempt to make the organisation more professional is by placing far greater emphasis on our own self care as counsellors. Due to the high demands on our service, there is a tendency to take on too much work and ignore the impact that the nature of this work has on our own mental health. It is therefore planned to have regular debriefing groups which will be facilitated by an outside counsellor who is skilled in trauma. Through this process, CSVR Trauma Clinic has already begun to develop a unique specialised expertise in the field of vicarious traumatisation of care-givers.
If the CSVR Trauma Clinic is to keep abreast of growing and changing demand for our services, then it is imperative that the Clinic recruits additional staff in the forthcoming year. This has become essential in view of the increasing referrals and training requests. From the beginning of January, there will be a full time translator who can assist the child therapist. A psychiatric nurse will also be employed to respond to the mental health needs of our clients and to work closely with Community Psychiatric services. The Clinic will need to raise funds for more full time clinicians to work in the Child Therapy Unit and to assist with the other counselling, training and supervisory tasks.
All of this recruitment will necessitate expansion of the Clinic's physical space and infrastructure. For example, it will be necessary to obtain basic medical equipment for the psychiatric nurse and more toys and equipment for the play room. The growing needs of the Clinic will tax to the limit available office space within the CSVR, and will demand a significant increase in budgetary allocations for rent, and operating costs.
The capacity of the Clinic will also be improved through recruitment of professional volunteers on a sessional basis. These include a movement therapist, a paediatrician and an art therapist. The Clinic is exploring ways of integrating these people into the service to make it a more holistic service.
It is planned to start a number of specialised therapy and support groups in the Trauma Clinic. The first of these will commence in April 1996 and will be a support group for families who have lost loved ones through homicide. The group will be a joint venture with a new organisation called Compassionate Friends. Other groups that are planned include a group for male crime survivors and a group for rape survivors who are HIV positive. It is believed that a group approach will be most beneficial in these specific sectors.
The relative lack of research generated by the Clinic remains an ongoing concern and is largely related to staff being overstretched and the capacity of the Clinic limited. However, in part, the restructuring of the Clinic will include allocating dedicated time for writing up research. A commitment has also been made to produce a number of multilingual booklets on various topics such as child abuse, domestic violence, child safety and the psychological impact of trauma. It is also planned to collate existing training workshops into manuals. This will be done in conjunction with the Education and Training Department of the CSVR.
In principle it is imperative that we increase our policy research output through documenting the work that is being carried out within the CSVR Trauma Clinic. This is a unique point of access to information which has not thus far been adequately utilised to develop new approaches and to inform policy decisions in areas of violence and crime. The Trauma Clinic's potential to assist in the development of victim-centered crime prevention programmes, as well as to generate policy and strategy for dealing with child abuse, is enormous but is presently not being adequately realised. A major initiative will be undertaken to maximise and realise our obvious potential in these areas in the course of 1996.
The past year has been a demanding one, with increasingly heavy client loads and other requests. Although these demands have placed much stress on staff, the Trauma Clinic team has remained dedicated and innovative in their response to the challenges.
As noted above, the Trauma Clinic has not realised its full potential in doing research or documenting our activities. This has primarily been due to time constraints and the limited resources and capacity of the Clinic. It is also essential that we translate our service delivery functions and action research into extended active lobbying and advocacy work with government and other NGOs. Despite this self-criticism, 1995 has seen the CSVR Trauma Clinic consolidate its work and profile in all these areas. As a result, without compromising its service excellence, the Clinic has established its credentials in the spheres of action research and policy formation, within both government and the private sector. We nonetheless remain ambitious about extending this work.
Another area of concern in the past year has been the need to sophisticate our approach to community outreach work. Through the Orange Farm Project, a number of new and valuable lessons were learned about how to approach community development work, reinforcing the importance of thorough consultation with key role-players and the establishment of clear expectations and effective communication amongst the stake-holders.
It became increasingly clear in the course of 1995 that the extent of community needs, coupled with the lack of effective services and community resources, can place an endless demand on our services. With this in mind, we have had to learn to prioritise our activities and limit the extent of our involvement in order to maintain our high standards of service. To this end, it is vital that in 1996 we re-define the roles of individual staff members and, in so doing, be more rigorous about how much and what kinds of activities the CSVR Trauma Clinic engages in. Perhaps of greatest importance, however, is our evaluation that the services we provide are indispensable and are wholly inadequate. It is our view that in the course of 1996 we will need to plan for the substantial expansion of the CSVR Trauma Clinic, in order to meet the legitimate demand of under-serviced impoverished South Africans. It will become imperative to raise additional and expanded resources from not only our traditional donors, but increasingly from the South African government and from the domestic corporate sector.
Despite these shortcomings, the Trauma Clinic regards 1995 as a positive and remarkably successful year. The Clinic has established a professional reputation and this is evident in the increasing number of referrals and training requests that we receive. The effective integration of the work of the Trauma Clinic within the CSVR as a whole, has resulted in a cross-pollination of ideas and approaches which has been mutually enriching for the Clinic and the other CSVR Departments. As a result, the unique work of the CSVR Trauma Clinic has gained an international reputation to match its recognition and achievements at the national level.
The CSVR has been centrally involved in the work and policy formulation surrounding the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) since late 1993. In June 1994 the CSVR made its first submission to the Ministry of Justice relating to the TRC and, since then, the CSVR projects relating to the TRC have continued to expand substantially. In many ways the end of 1994 signalled a new phase in the development of the project, as it moved from a largely policy-orientated programme, to one with several arms stretching across the areas of policy formation, research, education and training and direct support to survivors and families of victims of apartheid abuses.
In August 1994 the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department secured a commission from Justice in Transition (a Cape Town-based NGO) to coordinate the process of gathering information regarding victims of gross human rights violations across the country. The intention was to collate available records and present them to the TRC when it began. This, it was intended, would give the commission a substantial head-start as it began its quest to uncover and document the violations of the past, as well as helping it access victims in order to provide them with rehabilitative assistance. The project involved acquiring access to a multitude of records and files relating to abuses suffered by victims under the Apartheid era across the country. The majority of these records were held by NGOs, religious bodies and legal firms. In early 1995 a specialised database was developed in order to ensure that the information submitted to the TRC would be in a uniform format, as well as to assist in the process of verification and collation of a number of records.
To facilitate the development of this process and at the initiative of the CSVR, an inter-NGO working group was established in the Gauteng region. This grouping consisted of organisations which had traditionally documented and monitored human rights violations in South Africa. The group included The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), Human Rights Committee (HRC), Human Rights Institute of SA (Hurisa), Institute for a Democratic South Africa (IDASA), The Independent Board of Inquiry into Informal Repression (IBI), South African History Archives (SAHA), Sangonet, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and Peace Action. Under the co-ordination of the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department, this loose coalition began a national process of locating and documenting cases. In each region a further co-ordinating body was appointed, including the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (Kwa-Zulu Natal), Mayibuye Centre (Western Cape) and The Legal Resources Centre and the Human Rights Committee (Eastern Cape). This national NGO coalition became known as the Human Rights Documentation Project (HRDP), and the CSVR's Department must take much of the credit for the achievements of the HRDP.
The CSVR then developed a training programme and trained all the national organisations to use the database and input records. Some fifty volunteers were also trained to input data in the Gauteng region. The national training was completed by March 1995. The process of data-gathering then began and work continued until November 1995. At that time approximately ten thousand two hundred files had been documented, incorporating 4 100 events, 4 800 victim names and 1 300 perpetrator names. The December period was then used to finally collate the records and prepare the database for presentation to the TRC. The completed HRDP database was eventually submitted to the TRC early in 1996.
As part of the HRDP project the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department targeted the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF) records as particularly important for the work of the TRC. The IDAF archive was established over a period of 30 years and provided an unique historical insight into human rights violations that occurred under Apartheid. The extensive records were housed in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. In March 1995 the coordinator of the Truth and Reconciliation Department undertook a research trip to investigate what was available and to evaluate the best way to get the archive back into South Africa. Agreement was reached for the return of the files to South Africa. In the latter half of 1995 the records were brought out to South Africa under the supervision of the CSVR. An incredible seven and half tons of records were deposited at the William Cullen Library at the University of the Witwatersrand. It was agreed that the CSVR Truth and Reconciliation Department of the CSVR would process the records and that once this had been achieved, the entire IDAF archive would be transferred to the Mayibuye Centre at the University of the Western Cape. Here the archive would become part of their extensive collection of historical material about the South African struggle for democracy. Processing work is due to begin in early 1996 and should be completed by October 1996.
As the Department began working with documenting human rights violations as well as in other areas relating to the TRC, direct contact with survivors and families of victims in need of social support became a regular feature of the Department's enterprise. Consistent with the CSVR Trauma Clinic's provision of counselling services to victims of violence, the Department began to focus on developing mechanisms for providing such support for traumatised victims of human rights abuse under Apartheid. The need for such psychological support for those going before the TRC, had already been anticipated and planned for in the CSVR's Annual Report of 1994. To achieve this, the Department focused on two particular areas in 1995, detailed below.
As early as February 1995 the Truth and Reconciliation Department began to develop a partnership with several victims who wished to testify before the TRC. This proved most fruitful in developing research and policy work which was informed by the experiences and perceptions of actual survivors. These survivors soon began to provide regular input into the projects of the Department. The first of these was in February 1995 when a group of survivors accompanied the Department in making a submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Justice in Cape Town. This submission concerned the removal of the secrecy clause from the National Unity and Reconciliation Bill which was to provide for the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
More specifically a researcher in the Department began to conduct research work in the area of psychological support and the need for victim assistance in Truth Commission processes. By March 1995 certain key areas had been isolated including amongst others: the need for briefing and de-briefing prior to and after testifying before the Commission; the training of TRC staff to deal with victims in a psychologically sensitive manner; and the need to establish sustainable survivor support groups. These ideas were consolidated into a research paper which was presented by the Psychological Services Coordinator of the Department at an international conference on Psychology and Peace in June 1995. This research was also translated into a more substantial paper presented at the CSVR Monthly Seminar Series in July 1995.
Furthermore, the need for a victim-centred mental health approach to the TRC was the object of much of the Department's lobbying within a range of forums concerned with the TRC and related policy development groups, throughout 1995. Importantly, this whole area of the CSVR's work was informed through a thorough analysis and evaluation of international research on similar Truth Commission enterprises in various countries around the world. This comprehensive research backing provided weight to all the submissions made to the various TRC working groups. In fact, it could be argued that the representation of mental health care workers on the Commission is largely due to the zealous campaigning by the CSVR for the psychological needs of victims to be taken into consideration during the processes of the TRC. This lobbying process was well under way by early 1995, and was based on the failure of other Truth Commissions to adequately address the issue.
However, in order for the needs of survivors to be taken into account and for comprehensive services to be provided when the TRC began, a national network of state and non-governmental psychological support service providers was needed. In 1995 there were several organisations operating in the country which were providing trauma counselling or other related services to victims of violence and human rights abuse. However, no formal national network existed and most networking was either informal or ad hoc in nature. To achieve the sort of coordination and networking necessary to meet the needs of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department decided to host a one day workshop to bring together the key social and psychological support providers across the country. Some 35 organisations (primarily from Gauteng, but with some national representation) were present at the workshop. This workshop spawned the development of a loose coalition of social service NGOs who were informed and eager to assist with social and psychological support to survivors during the tenure of the TRC. Sub-groups also developed out of the workshop with the strongest of these probably being a Victim/Offender Mediation Group, which has begun to develop a protocol for mediation services which may be necessary for the work of the TRC.
Importantly, the process of getting social service and mental health care workers together to co-ordinate a response to the TRC was also initiated (with assistance from CSVR) in other regions in the country, through the initiative of the Gauteng workshop. Similar workshops were held in October 1995 in Cape Town and in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Kwa-Zulu Natal workshop was addressed by Brandon Hamber, the Psychological Services Coordinator of the CSVR Truth and Reconciliation Department. These national initiatives, and the Gauteng regional activities, began to lay a firm foundation for the incorporation of the concerns and expertise of social service and mental health care providers within the TRC process. As a result, by January 1996, completed submissions were made to the TRC by the CSVR, along with all our partners in the national and regional initiatives. It is our evaluation that these submissions and the strategic planning which informed them, has been of great assistance to the TRC and has impacted significantly in practically ensuring a victim-centred approach by the Truth Commission.
The Department's research into other Truth Commissions has revealed that victim-support groups are instrumental to the process of uncovering the past. They not only provide much needed psychological support to victims and survivors, but can also play crucial roles in shaping the final outcomes of commissions such as the South African TRC. For this reason, as early as August 1994, the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department mooted the idea of the establishment of such survivor support groups (see the CSVR Annual Report for 1994). It was perceived that these groups could serve as informal support structures for those who have suffered violence-related trauma or loss. By early 1995 such groupings began to develop organically as the prospect of a South African Truth Commission became a reality.
Because the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department had highlighted this as a key area of work from very early on, it was possible for us to raise some initial funds to publicise, facilitate and support the development of such victim support groups. The initial small support group established with the assistance of the CSVR developed rapidly over the first few months of 1995. It began with only ten or fifteen survivors, but grew rapidly as the year progressed. By the end of 1995 as many as one thousand survivors had been drawn into meetings at some point during the year.
Regular workshops were held for victims and survivors across Gauteng and were hosted by the CSVR. By May 1995 this was consolidated into the Khulumani Support Group (or Speak-Out Group) which had grown out of these workshops and had begun to function as an embryonic organisation. A core group of survivors, with representation from the CSVR, were elected onto a Steering Committee. In its capacity as the NGO representative, the CSVR provided organisational, secretariat, logistical and fund-raising assistance to the Steering Committee, which strategically guided the development of the groups.
In essence, the Khulumani Support Group became an organisation of survivors and relatives of victims of past human rights abuses in South Africa. The group consists mainly of indirect survivors (eg. mothers of "disappeared" sons) and direct survivors (eg. torture survivors) who intend testifying before the TRC. With assistance from the CSVR, the Khulumani Support Group's main function was to convene meetings about the TRC across Gauteng. This was done throughout 1995. These meetings performed several functions. They provided informal forms of support and self-help where victims could share experiences and support one another. They also served as an education forum about the TRC, assisted survivors and victims in preparing themselves for the process of testifying before the TRC, and they served as a referral source for additional social and psychological support, such as counselling, legal advice, medical referrals, etc.. Staff from the CSVR attended all the meetings so as to make the appropriate referrals.
The group also served an important lobbying function in terms of the TRC. Ultimately, Khulumani was a site for organisation so as to ensure that survivors interests would be met by the TRC. Submissions by the group to various key role-players in the TRC process were also undertaken. For example, a submission was made by the group on the reparations policy which the TRC will be responsible for formulating, and this was forwarded to the Minister of Justice even before the TRC was up and running. The content of this submission was generated by the discussions in the group and was facilitated by the CSVR and some of the more experienced group members.
To facilitate outreach and the expansion of the initiative, the Khulumani Support Group drew up a mission statement and the CSVR employed Tlhoki Mofokeng as a full-time field worker to assist in the development of the outreach capacity of the group. For this outreach initiative to occur effectively, extensive consultations were necessary with a range of community based organisations, church bodies and other field workers. The Truth and Reconciliation Department's field worker not only provided organisational support for the group but also consulted and informed community organisations about the survivor group process and helped them, if they so wished, develop such groups in their areas. The field worker also supplied information to community advice offices, churches and other community organisations about the TRC. The Khulumani Support Group met regularly in Johannesburg and, by December 1995, had expanded localised groups into Katlehong, Daveyton, Soweto, Mamelodi and the Vaal.
In late 1995 the Department also recognised the need for the establishment of a supportive network of community-based organisations if grassroots support for survivors - and the maintenance of Khulumani Support Groups - was to be functional and sustainable throughout the two years of the TRC and beyond. To this end, a one day workshop for community-based organisations was convened by the CSVR in December 1995. At this workshop basic information about the TRC was imparted to community-based workers and the basic foundations for a network were established. Follow-up to this workshop is imperative and is planned for 1996.
In terms of the future development of the Khulumani Support Group, towards the end of the year the CSVR increasingly focused on ensuring the independence and self-sufficiency of the group. To achieve this, increased skills development for members of the Steering Committee was considered essential. For example, it was imperative that Steering Committee members were empowered to run workshops themselves and were fully informed about the TRC without having to rely on the CSVR for this information. Plans were subsequently made to open a Khulumani Support Group advice office in early 1996 to service and assist Khulumani members, particularly in accessing the TRC and in making their submissions to it. The Truth and Reconciliation Department of CSVR assisted the group in drafting a funding proposal, and funding has been secured for 1996. Once the office is established, the CSVR will continue to assist the group through training the office staff (largely Khulumani Volunteers) and, through the CSVR Trauma Clinic's provision of social support services and counselling services where these are required.
In order for the TRC to be a success and for a collective acknowledgement of our past to be developed, the entire South African population is going to have to be informed and aware of the operations of the Commission. For this reason a range of educative materials was developed by the CSVR to inform survivors, families of victims, civil society and the general public about the TRC. In this regard, and because the victims of past violence are a primary constituency of the CSVR, much of the educative material produced by the CSVR was developed in conjunction with the Khulumani Support Groups. The materials developed in the course of 1995 include a twenty six minute educational video in which victims speak out about their expectations and wishes for the TRC, educational flip-charts for use in workshops, a trainer's manual, and an accessible comic which explains the objectives of the TRC in graphic and text form for the benefit of a semi-literate audience. An educational radio programme is also in the process of being developed and will go into production early in 1996. In the production of all these educational materials, the Truth and Reconciliation Department has taken the lead in developing a multi-media education and training capacity within the CSVR.
The support groups have had substantial input in shaping each of these educational tools. For example, the comic which was developed in conjunction with the StoryTeller Group was shaped and piloted through Khulumani Support Group workshops, thus ensuring that it tackled the key issues of concern, as well as guaranteeing its accessibility. A standard workshop format (eg. video, flip-charts, comic, etc.) was designed and used extensively with the outreach programme for the support groups and to educate victim forums about the TRC. Furthermore, the format was used in workshops with a range of NGOs, business groupings, media representatives and faith communities, in informing them about the TRC. This occurred on request both in Gauteng and across the country.
Towards the end of 1995 requests for the workshops had reached levels which made it impossible for the Department's team to meet every request. Requests continue to be received from a wide range of organisations and interest groups including cultural and artistic groupings focusing on the TRC, groups of journalists, specific faith communities, business organisations, various foreign donor agencies, and the South African Police Services. In 1996 the need for additional trainers needs to be seriously considered if these requests are to be accommodated.
The work with the SAPS demands special mention here as this is a key constituency which will be affected by the TRC. There is considerable opposition from the SAPS to the Truth Commission which is perceived to be a threat. However, whilst it is a thorny issue, the TRC actually presents a significant opportunity for rebuilding community/police relations and for distancing the SAPS as an institution from its history of human rights abuse. In particular, the legal and psychological and social support divisions have requested assistance from the Department, and it is hoped that this will result in positive interventions in the future.
Various faith communities and religious organisations have requested that the CSVR train several of their members to facilitate educative workshops on the TRC themselves. This has been undertaken and several trainers have been trained. The most serious limitation at this point is the availability of training materials for these trainers, due to the costs of reproduction.
The Truth and Reconciliation Department was initially established with a focus on policy and research work, and this focus was sustained throughout 1995. In early 1995 the Department made both written and oral submissions to the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Justice when the legislation establishing the TRC was being scrutinised. Submissions of various kinds (eg. the need for psychological services, etc.) were made to several task groups responsible for establishing the TRC throughout the year. One of the more extensive submissions was commissioned by Justice in Transition and was to provide a proposed "organogram" and operational matrix for the TRC when it was established. Two members of the Department and the Director of CSVR presented this proposed "organogram" along with motivations for the structure and function of the various arms of the Commission in Cape Town in mid 1995. This submission, based on an evaluation of other similar commissions, included a broad motivation for the regionalisation of the Commission and outlined the various functions of statement-takers, data-capturers, researchers, investigators and managers. Much of the basis of the submission seems to be poised to be adopted by the TRC.
The Department also published fairly extensively both in South Africa and abroad. This included both formal academic publications, as well as articles in local newspapers and journals. Academic papers produced focused on the legal debates surrounding the Commission and the areas of concern with regard to the psychological needs of survivors and families of victims. The Department was also commissioned to undertake research into the strengths and weaknesses of the Goldstone Commission with a view to examining the lessons for the TRC. A short-term contract researcher produced two extensive research works focusing on the role of investigation units and the potential of a witness protection programme; extracts of the works were later published in other journals and periodicals. Furthermore, due to the innovative work performed on the witness protection project, CSVR representatives sat on a task team established by the Minister of Justice to examine the feasibility of the establishment of a limited witness protection programme which would service the TRC; this would also develop the infrastructure for a future programme which would outlive the TRC itself.
Since its inception the CSVR has always maintained its role as an independent human rights organisation and the work with the TRC was considered within this framework. The Truth and Reconciliation Department has thus adopted a "critical partnership" approach to the TRC which provides the opportunity to assist the Commission with skills and expertise, but at the same time retain both independence and a capacity for constructive criticism. For the most part, the Department worked very constructively in helping to lay the foundations for the development of an effective TRC. However, on at least two specific occasions the CSVR had to play a more proactive lobbying role.
In this regard, the NGO Coalition developed to co-ordinate the HRDP project was also deployed as a lobbying forum. The first campaign involved the government's decision to have all amnesty hearings for the TRC behind closed doors. The coalition lead a campaign against the decision and held a highly successful press conference which received national and international coverage contributing to a reversal of the government's legislative proposal. Thirty one organisations co-signed the press statement released by the Director of the CSVR.
A further campaign sought to ensure that only those with a proven human rights track record were appointed to the TRC. Many organisations feared that appointments may be made based on political compromises or "horse trading", rather than on the basis of individual human rights records. A proposed transparent public selection procedure was submitted to the Minister of Justice and the coalition held discussions on the matter with him. The call from the coalition was not only publicly supported by President Mandela, but an open-public process similar to that called for was adopted.
Access to the commercial media was a particularly strong component of the CSVR's lobbying and advocacy orientation, as well as serving our public education objectives. The media interventions of the Truth and Reconciliation Department were remarkably extensive, with various members of the Department and the CSVR Director participating in many radio and television debates both locally and abroad. The CSVR became a key point of access for the print media as well, and various members of the CSVR staff were interviewed and quoted with great regularity in both local and international publications.
Overall, it is our evaluation that the CSVR professionalised and sophisticated its lobbying role in relation to the TRC. This has had broader ramifications for the Centre and for its other Departments, both due to the successful cooperative inter-NGO initiatives undertaken, as well as through the quality public profile which this has generated for the CSVR as a whole.
Besides the many educational workshops held by the CSVR, two particular workshops and a one day conference hosted by the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department in 1995 deserve special mention. The workshops were: - Dealing with the Past and the Psychology of Reconciliation: - A Mental Health Care Response to the TRC and Dealing with the Past: - A Community Organisational Response to the TRC. The one day conference held by the Department focused primarily on the legal and philosophical issues facing the TRC. The conference was entitled Truth or Justice? The TRC: Debates of Law and Morality and was attended by over a hundred delegates from NGOs, law firms, government and the faith communities and was highly successful in bringing the issues and debates about the TRC to the fore, shortly before it was established in late 1995.
The Truth and Reconciliation Department continued to expand throughout 1995 and extended into broader areas of work. By the end of the year the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department was ideally placed to further develop a range of initiatives both directly with the TRC and with other role-players in the process of transition and reconciliation in South Africa.
Throughout the year, actual service delivery (eg. victim support work, education for victims and survivors, etc.) continued to expand, forcing all members of the team to play a multitude of roles. These included acting as trainers, researchers and social activists at different times. This caused the Department to be over-stretched at times and unable to meet all the requests - particularly for education workshops on the TRC. However, the real achievements of the Department lay not in the ever increasing number of educational workshops offered, but in the creative development of sustainable educational initiatives through sophisticated and replicable multi-media educational materials.
Some of the capacity problems were relieved by the employment of a full-time field-worker to assist with the Khulumani Support Groups. Nonetheless, by the end of the year the need for additional staff was evident, particularly to back up the victim support groups and to enhance our capacity in both field-work and social support service delivery. Considerable research was produced in the first half of the year, although in the second half of the year fewer articles and papers were produced as Departmental members reached the limits of their capacity. This will have to be an area of focus in 1996 and the need for additional researchers is also apparent.
Inter-NGO cooperation was a feature of the year and the various inter-NGO initiatives (eg. lobbying, HRDP, etc.) proved to be most successful. Cooperative inter-NGO work served to consolidate relationships with several NGOs in Gauteng, forming powerful lobbies and demonstrating the ability of NGOs (even in a context of limited resources) to cooperate effectively in the interests of human rights.
In many other respects the Department's achievements and methodology were noteworthy. In particular, the Department secured a number of contracts to perform its work and was therefore able to continue to expand its activities even prior to securing additional donor support. The Department also maximised the use and value of integrating various disciplines into its focus on the TRC and this enriched our contribution significantly. The Department liaised effectively with other CSVR Departments in this endeavour and has contributed significantly to enhancing the profile of the organisation as a whole.
With the appointment of the Truth Commissioners in mid-December 1995, several key policy issues confronted the Department. A particularly critical issue was the potential that the TRC may "poach" some of the key staff from the Department. The newly formed TRC would have a need for skilled staff and the CSVR's Truth and Reconciliation Department was clearly viewed as a team of individuals who had developed a range of skills and expertise relevant to the TRC. By the end of the year it was already apparent that the Departmental coordinator, Paul van Zyl, would be recruited into a senior position by the TRC.
The organisational dilemmas which were consequently presented by this process are not uncommon and resonate with a general trend in which new governmental institutions have recruited many of the key staff members of NGOs. This issue is covered in more detail in the introduction to this Annual Report and will not be repeated here. However, this did present specific challenges to the Department in shaping future relationships with the TRC.
It has become clear that the Truth and Reconciliation Department of the CSVR (as well as other NGOs) will have to develop a greater consultancy function and consequent professionalisation in its operations if it is to maintain independence and win contracts from the TRC. Our objective is to sustain a "critical partnership" with the TRC allowing us to both assist the work of the TRC through sub-contractual arrangements, while at the same time ensuring our independence and an ability to constructively criticise and monitor the functioning of the TRC from an autonomous perspective. This will largely be dependent on the kind of relationships which the TRC establishes with NGOs - and it is currently unclear whether the TRC will sub-contract NGOs to assist with research, education, training, policy formation and psychological support services. If the TRC does not go this route, but instead seeks to "own" all these functions and run them internally, then it is likely that the Commission will need to recruit large numbers of staff from within the human rights NGO sector. The impact which this may have on the capacity of NGOs in this field could be a source of grave concern in the future.
The Department sees its future operations lying in four key areas. The first is continuation of the victim support work and assistance to the Khulumani Support Group. The Department will continue education work with victims and survivors and will ensure that the advice office operates effectively, as well as exploring further mechanisms for supporting the needs of victims - particularly at an individualised psychological level.
Secondly, the Department intends to continue with civil society-based education work about the TRC through NGOs, faith communities, industry and within specific constituencies such as the SAPS. The longer term vision would be not only to provide information workshops to these groupings, but with time to start developing more sophisticated forms of education. This would include focusing on curriculum design and development to build a human rights culture, through integrating the lessons and experiences of the past into education and training courses (eg. for community workers, police personnel, etc.) and translating them into multi-media educational tools (eg. books, video, interactive CD-ROM, etc.).
The third area of the Department's work relates to the clear role (in our view) for a "critical partnership" with the TRC. This will include shifting the NGO Coalition used to develop the HRDP into a focused lobbying and monitoring forum. At the same time, the Department intends to consult to the TRC and offer a range of support services to assist the workings of the Commission. This will include, for example, developing training programmes to train TRC staff (from the Commissioners themselves, to investigators and statement takers) with the necessary psychological skills for dealing with victims and survivors of trauma, policy research to assist the Commission where required, and assistance in setting up information-gathering systems based on our experience with the HRDP project.
The final sphere of the Department's work will be in the area of research. An ongoing evaluation of the TRC and the processes of reconciliation is imperative. Research which documents the process and which makes comparative analyses is also going to depend on sound research work generated by the Department over the coming two years.
Ultimately, the Truth and Reconciliation Department's plans for the next two years, are based on a vision of the TRC which is forward-looking rather than merely backward-looking. Our work during the two years of the Commission is really designed to facilitate a long term process of education, empowerment and human development, based on the utilisation of the TRC as a means for rebuilding the rule of law, engendering a human rights culture, reconstructing accountable and transparent state institutions and rehabilitating and restoring the dignity of the survivors of past human rights abuse. It is only if these objectives are served that the expenditure on the TRC will be justified and we will be able to claim that such abuses will never again occur in South Africa.
In its developmental phase, the initial fund-raising strategy of the Department was fairly ad hoc. Rather than the entire Department being funded, specific products or projects were sustained through short-term targeted funds/commissions. Much of the initial funding came through Justice in Transition (JIT), an NGO based in Cape Town. JIT funded the HRDP project and research work on witness protection and investigation teams, based on an evaluation of the Goldstone Commission. A short-term grant from the Irish Embassy also allowed for the employment of a psychological support services coordinator who supported the Khulumani process and support work for victims. Fonds voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (FOS) generously provided a grant which was utilised in the production of the educational video and towards the end of the year grants were also received from Interfund and the Belgian Embassy. However, to sustain its work, the Department used its ability to win several commissions and re-invested the money in staff salaries. This approach was functional in the short-term, but needed to be replaced with a more extensive fund-raising strategy if the Department was to sustain its work and expand its staff complement over the next two years.
A more comprehensive fund-raising strategy was in place by mid-1995 and the proposal was circulated locally and abroad. By the end of 1995 several commitments for funds were forthcoming for the next two years. This includes further funding commitments from Interfund, from Oxfam UK&I, The Irish Embassy, South African Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. In all likelihood the Truth and Reconciliation Department should be able to operate successfully throughout 1996. Some of the above allocations will partially service the 1997 budget as well, but the Department will have to continue to raise funds if the Department's work is to be sustained throughout the life of the TRC and beyond.
It is our evaluation that the work of the Prisons Research Project during 1994, had a significant impact on correctional services during 1995. For the first time the value of community involvement in correctional services was acknowledged, and steps were taken to involve outside bodies in developing policy. This occurred mainly through the initiation of the Transformation Forum on Correctional Services (TFCS).
Tensions in prisons nonetheless persisted, both amongst prisoners and amongst members of the Correctional Services Department during the early part of the year. Gang violence within the prisons took on unprecedented levels, resulting in massive gang fights and orchestrated unrest in several prisons towards the end of the year.
Corrections policy, particularly the early release of prisoners, continued to occupy media and public attention, especially in the context of the abolition of the death penalty by the Constitutional Court. As a result of public criticism, parole conditions are likely to be tightened in 1996, and amnesties and early releases refused. This will impact on conditions in the already overcrowded prisons, and will be a potential obstacle for the implementation of new policies aimed at corrective measures for offenders. Popular concern and political pressure on government regarding correctional policy serves as an incentive to increased punitive rather than restorative systems of prison justice.
In this context, the Prisons Research Project was involved in a wide range of areas of work during the period under review.
The Prisons Research Project, together with the Penal Reform Lobby Group (PRLG), a consortium of NGOs, completed and released an Alternative White Paper on Correctional Services. This was a discussion document which critically evaluated the Department of Correctional Services' (DCS) policies and made recommendations for the overall and holistic transformation of correctional services. The major emphasis of the document lay in recommending external oversight of the prisons, greater transparency of the Department of Correctional Services, greater community participation in corrections, and due process protection for prisoners.
The Alternative White Paper was distributed to all stake-holders, NGOs, the DCS, and international organisations concerned with penal issues. This served as an important stimulus for debate and dialogue, and many of the recommendations are being investigated further by the TFCS. Whilst the Alternative White Paper represented an important policy initiative, popular pressure - combined with a residual resistance to civilian involvement in prisons policy formation from within the Ministry and the DCS - has limited the implementation of recommendations contained within the document. This suggests that such quality research needs to be accompanied by increased lobbying and advocacy work, both through public education, as well as within government circles.
In March 1995, the Prisons Research Project assisted in the organisation of a conference (together with the PRLG) on Civil Involvement in Correctional Services. The conference was organised by IDASA, and for the first time the collaboration of the Department of Correctional Services was secured. International and local speakers were invited to assist South Africans in the development of a practical concept of community accountability of the Department of Correctional Services and the conceptualisation of how communities can be involved in prisons. The conference attracted a large number of participants from different sectors, including religious, political, and service orientated organisations.
The outcome of the conference was the recommendation that a representative forum be established which would oversee the transformation of correctional services.
As a result of the key recommendation from the conference on civil involvement in correctional services, the Transformation Forum on Correctional Services (TFCS) was established. The TFCS consists of representatives from political parties, the DCS, the NGO sector, labour unions, and prisoner representative organisations. Both of the Prisons Research Project researchers - Amanda Dissel and Mongezi Mnyani - are members of the TFCS.
The TFCS was established to guide the process of transformation and democratisation of the DCS. Initially several sub-committees were formed to address problems dealing with: Human Resource Management; Physical Resource Management; Functional Area; Structural Area; and correctional services relationship with organs of civil society. However, it was later decided that the scope of the task was too great and the resources within the Transformation Forum too limited, to adequately deal with all these issues. Consequently, a smaller number of issues was identified by the Forum which continue to form the primary areas of attention. These priority issues identified included: human resources management as it related to the implementation of affirmative action; training and re-training of staff; community involvement in so far as it involved the development of a lay-visitor scheme and independent oversight; and policy development around the demilitarisation of the DCS. A number of projects were initiated to deal with these issues.
Both of the Prisons Research Project researchers are engaged in policy development, strategic planning and dialogue within the TFCS. As a research and policy unit, we have been able to contribute constructively and effectively to the debate and development of policies in the Forum. We are also the only organisation which can devote the major portion of our resources to the work of the Forum, and it is our evaluation that our contribution has been essential to the success of the TFCS.
In the forthcoming year the Prisons Research Project will be engaged in the following projects through the TFCS: the development of policy for the implementation of demilitarisation; development of channels for community involvement; and evaluation of various ad hoc proposals to the Forum. A specific project with which we will be involved, in collaboration with the PRLG and the TFCS, is a pilot project around human rights training for DCS members.
This Project was based on the identification of the need for greater community participation in correctional matters in the areas of policy development, oversight of the prisons, more effective service delivery, and community supervision of offenders. By initiating such a project, we hope to encourage the community to participate and thereby ensure that community stake-holders are properly informed about what is happening in the correctional services arena. We certainly hope that this process will help to facilitate improved communication channels with prison authorities, prisoners and the community. Our main objective is to assist in establishing some structures through which the Department of Correctional Services - together with the community - will be able to sit together and establish mutually beneficial forums for dialogue regarding matters of common interest for each specific local prison.
The goals of the project are:
To identify the needs of the local community with regard to prisons;
To identify the needs of prisoners with regard to the community; and
Amanda Dissel, the Coordinator of the CSVR's Prisons Research Project, participated in an IDASA-organised study tour of prisons in Denmark, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Senior officials of the DCS, parliamentarians, members of NGOs, and prisons-based employee organisations took part in the tour.
The tour was important in a number of respects. It assisted in the development and establishment of a working relationship between the DCS and other stake-holders, which proved to be crucial in the development of dialogue on important transformation issues, and went some way to further undermining institutional resistance to the involvement of civil society in correctional policy and practice. It also served as an opportunity for participants to be exposed to penal systems in other countries and to learn from those experiences.
After the tour, an evaluative research paper titled: Report on Correctional Services Tour to Denmark, The Netherlands and Britain was produced by the Prisons Research Project of the CSVR. Furthermore, the research trip demonstrated the value of such comparative evaluations and the lessons learned substantially informed the work of the Project in the period which followed.
Most of the CSVR Prison Research Project's research work was devoted to drafting policy documents for consideration by the Transformation Forum on Correctional Services. However, a number of additional research papers were produced and published. Amanda Dissel published a general piece on continuing problems in South Africa's prisons, and this was published in the Autumn 1995 volume of Crime & Conflict. The Project was also responsive to short-term issues which attracted popular attention and at short notice another paper was written by Mongezi Mnyani which considered different penal options in the light of the abolition of capital punishment by the Constitutional Court, and presented at the CSVR's Monthly Seminar Programme at the end of June 1995. A further joint research project was undertaken which explored issues of policy and practice in developing sentencing options in South Africa. This project resulted in the production of a research paper which was published by the Social Justice Resource Project at the University of Cape Town's Institute of Criminology. Finally, through its policy research, the Prisons Research Project also made important contributions to the White Paper on Welfare. This work was related to the supervision of offenders on probation and on policy relating to correctional supervision.
Despite the CSVR's innovative and creative approach to prisons issues, this remains a difficult sphere of our reconstruction and reconciliation work. Institutional resistance within the DCS, combined with - at best - the haphazard support for prisons reform from within the Ministry of Correctional Services, as well as popular conservatism in preference for punitive justice at a time of rising crime, all make the implementation of policy initiatives in this field very difficult.
Although it is therefore difficult to claim any easy victories, the research and policy perspectives developed by the Prisons Research Project have already gone a considerable way to establishing an evaluative yardstick for scrutiny of correctional services in South Africa. Furthermore, the key initiative in building inter-NGO cooperation in this field will necessarily strengthen the impetus for prisons reform in the coming years. Strong cooperation of this sort has been a key objective of the Project and, along with our partners in this endeavour, has been successfully achieved.
A key challenge which faces the CSVR's Prisons Research Project in the coming years is the need to translate this quality research into effective lobbying and public education. Popular attitudes to the role and efficacy of prisons, as well as to sentencing policy, if unchanged, will remain a key source of political pressure on governmental policy makers, and will therefore contribute to resistance to changes in traditional methods and practices. Without such change, it is extremely likely that the prisons in South Africa will continue to operate as "universities of crime" and will consequently do more to compound burgeoning crime in South Africa than to solve the problem.
Indeed, at the policy level, it is critical that in the face of escalating crime, the criminal justice system must operate as an integrated entity with consistent policy formation across Policing, Justice and Department of Correctional Services. This demands that correctional services policy formation and research is increasingly integrated with that being undertaken within the justice and policing realms. Rehabilitation of offenders has been an under-developed area of work which is critical to prisons policy and to dealing with crime more generally. The relationship between gang formation in prisons and the operation of criminal gangs and syndicates within the community also demands greater attention. So too does the pervasive issue of corruption which dominates public perceptions about policing and correctional service institutions.
The CSVR is uniquely placed to undertake some of these tasks and to pursue these perspectives in the years ahead. The close working relationship between our Prisons Research Project and our Policing Research Project means that we are well placed to begin developing an integrated policy approach, especially when combined with the work of the CSVR Trauma Clinic in dealing with the needs of victims of crime. The opportunity presented to maximise this potential is the central policy challenge which faces the Prisons Research Project in 1996 and 1997.
The positive potential and positioning of the Prisons Research Project in the above respects, therefore makes it imperative that further funding is secured for this project and for the development of an integrated criminal justice policy unit at the CSVR in the years ahead. The Project currently has secure funding until the end of 1996, largely through the generous donations of the Royal Danish Embassy and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
However, longer term funding is essential to maintaining and developing the impact of this invaluable project. Such ongoing commitments to funding will have to be secured in the course of the coming year if we are to operationalise the vision outlined above.
Although most of the impact of the Project was through the TFCS, the Project intends to continue with independent policy work. Key policy areas involve institutional transformation, particularly in relation to staff training; organisational structure and institutional change. We also envisage assisting in the re-writing of key legislation, and in making policy recommendations for control mechanisms in the DCS.
Through the Transformation Forum, we have initiated a pilot project training members of the DCS in Human Rights and the implications of the Constitution for correctional services. We also anticipate that we will be involved in further policy work with the TFCS around such issues as independent oversight of the prisons; demilitarisation; unit management; and community involvement.
Our work in relation to establishing links between the community and the prisons will continue. This is a difficult task as community interest in relation to the rights of prisoners and the conditions pertaining to prisons is low. We therefore anticipate the need to continue building a closer working relationship between the prisons and the local communities - some of which have already been established. A report will be compiled outlining this process and evaluating some of the successes and difficulties confronted by this project.
Finally, it will be necessary to develop an integrated approach to criminal justice in the year ahead. This means that prisons reform work will have to be better integrated into crime combatting and crime prevention approaches and a more substantial interface with government will have to be achieved at this level. Furthermore, it will be essential to develop a more integrated approach from within the CSVR as well, and this may entail establishing a Criminal Justice Policy Unit within the Centre, which combines and rationalises the work of both our Prisons Research Project and our Policing Research Project.
Over the past four years the work of the Policing Research Project (PRP) has represented one of the most striking and innovative interventions of the CSVR. Having been one of the first NGOs to enter this arena and having played a significant role in breaking the back of institutional resistance to civilian involvement in policing policy formation, the CSVR's Policing Research Project played a vital role in stimulating the development of a national network of NGO agencies involved in policing policy formation and training. These historical successes were in no small part due to the particular contribution of Janine Rauch who was the coordinator of the Policing Research Project during this period.
It is ironic that our very success in this sphere has presented some of the greatest challenges to sustaining this work. In particular, the recruitment of key staff who have taken posts in government has thrust upon the PRP the continual challenge of rebuilding the capacity necessary to meet the demand placed on our services. After Janine Rauch was employed as Director of Policy in the national Ministry of Safety and Security in mid-1994, Melanie Lue was trained to replace her as PRP Coordinator. In early 1995, Melanie left the CSVR to take up a post in the Investigative Task Unit in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Sylvester Rakgoadi was in turn promoted and trained as the new coordinator. By the end of the year, however, Sylvester had applied for the position of Deputy Director of Policy in the Gauteng Safety and Security Ministry - a position to which he was duly appointed in early 1996. In addition, Monique Marks, who was employed as a researcher in the Department in late 1994, took a new post at the University of Natal (Durban) at the end of 1995 and was also lost to the CSVR. Fortunately, towards the end of the year, Duxita Mistry was recruited as a researcher in the Policing Research Project.
In the context of burgeoning NGO involvement in policing work, recruitment of replacement staff for these key positions has proved extremely difficult and this has severely affected the profile and capacity of the Department. Furthermore, it is our evaluation that the constant demand placed on the PRP for education, training and implementation services, has consumed much of the capacity of the Department, with the result that too little time and capacity has been left for the innovative research which has historically underpinned the CSVR's successes in this arena.
Nonetheless, the CSVR's Policing Research Project made a number of crucial contributions in the course of 1995. Included amongst these, on behalf of the CSVR, Graeme Simpson made a submission to the Theme Committee Number Six of the Constitutional Assembly, which was considering the impact of the constitution on policing practice and principles in South Africa. The lobbying and advocacy role of the CSVR and the PRP was not merely limited to this level of intervention, but saw the organisation adopt a high profile in relation to unfolding popular hysteria about the levels of crime in South Africa. The CSVR remains ideally placed to develop integrated and comprehensive policy around policing and crime prevention.
However, the need to re-build the PRP's capacity (and particularly its research capacity) is a priority for the coming year. But this is easier said than done, especially due to the non-competitive salaries which we are able to pay, as well as the limited funds which have been committed to this Department. For this reason, it appears that it will be necessary to rationalise and consolidate the CSVR's work in this sector, potentially incorporating our policing and prisons work into an integrated "Criminal Justice Policy Unit". This potential will be evaluated and considered in the course of 1996.
Sustained work in the field of community policing remained one of the primary activities of the PRP during 1995. One of the central tasks, was the completion of the Gauteng Community Policing Project which was initiated in 1994, aimed at the establishment of Community Police Forums (CPFs) at every police station in the province. Part of the focus was on conducting workshops in those areas where CPFs did not exist, especially in black township communities such as Evaton and Sharpeville in the Vaal, and Bekkersdal and Kagiso on the West Rand. The process of writing up the entire enterprise proceeded in the meanwhile, and was completed in the last few months of 1995; the report should be published in early 1996. This entire project was a particularly impressive illustration of the potential for creative and productive inter-NGO cooperation - the establishment of CPFs across the Province was essentially a product of this joint venture between the CSVR, IDASA, IMSSA and the Wilgespruit Fellowship Centre.
The analytical products of the Community Policing Project made it abundantly clear that the establishment of the CPFs could not be romanticised. Problems over community representation, control over CPF meetings, etc. clearly demonstrated that in order for the CPFs to be sustainable, follow-up capacity building and training work would have to be undertaken. The information from the Gauteng Community Policing Project Report was utilised to strategise the follow up capacity-building training which was then initiated. The policy issues outlined in the Report were also fed to the provincial Ministry of Safety and Security, as well as into the legislative process in the development of the Police Act. It is our evaluation that the Community Policing Project continued to produce valuable research and policy interventions, at the same time as serving to develop and facilitate the practical development of CPF functioning in several areas. The Project has also played a key role in shaping the content of the forthcoming CPF capacity-building programme which is to be developed in 1996.
The PRP was also involved in several activities closely related to our community policing work. Based on the finding of the Gauteng Community Policing Project Report that community constituencies needed to be properly educated if they were to participate meaningfully in the CPFs, the Department ran several training workshops with women's organisations, as well as with children in schools - through the access created by the CSVR's Youth Department. It was evaluated that these workshops were essential to moderating the influence of various political parties in the CPFs, as well as to overcome the tendency of the SAPS to dominate these forums.
The PRP also initiated an independent procedure to monitor developments within the CPFs, with a specific view to the capacity building enterprise planned for 1996. Members of the PRP team regularly attended CPF meetings in order to monitor progress of these forums and feed the information back to the Office of the MEC for Safety and Security in Gauteng. On occasions too numerous to mention here, CSVR staff were called upon to mediate and facilitate in these meetings.
Finally, the CSVR's PRP, along with Wits University Business School's Public and Development Management School, also held a successful review conference to evaluate the developments within the CPFs thus far. Participants included members of the CPFs, the SAPS, the Ministry of Safety and Security, as well as several other NGOs. An evaluative policy document based on the proceedings of the conference was produced.
As noted in the 1995 half-yearly report, this project is a spin-off of the work done within the CSVR on the evaluation of basic training in the SAPS. The TEG Project was serviced by a multi-national implementation team - drawn from various commonwealth countries - which is to make recommendations in regard to police training to the national Minister of Safety and Security. These recommendations will include the area of curricula review, which is currently being handled by the Technikon RSA. Sylvester Rakgoadi has been contracted on behalf of the CSVR to work on the TEG Project.
This programme is based upon two central components: evaluation of Police College-based community policing training; and field training at the police stations. In respect of the latter, workshops were conducted at over 48 police stations in Gauteng, and approximately 180 police stations nationally. However, much of the CSVR's work in the first half of 1995 revolved around field observation and evaluation of police training colleges. This evaluation was done through observation, as well as interviews with both students and trainers at these colleges.
Once again the TEG work has been based on successful joint programmes run by several NGOs, Universities and institutions. A full report on both Police College training and station-based training is due to be submitted to the TEG by the end of March 1996. However, the work done on the evaluation of basic police training, has already resulted in some recommendations being made for proposed changes which need to be made before the next intake for basic training in January 1996.
This project, based in the Policing Research Project and linked to the CSVR's Youth Department, was initiated to contribute to the process of demobilising and reintegrating Self-Defence and Self-Protection Units (SDUs and SPUs), as well as other militarised youth groups, into the mainstream of society. A broad range of workshops was held by CSVR staff, attended by various "militarised youth" groupings, representatives of the Ministries of Safety and Security and Education, as well as NGOs involved in youth work. The workshops aimed at ascertaining the needs of these youths and resulted in the compilation of several research reports. These reports dealt with: an assessment of the needs and aspirations of these militarised youths; an evaluation of the relationships between the SDUs, SPUs and the SAPS; and the potential role of the RDP in these respects.
The policy research generated has been utilised by the Ministries of Safety and Security and Education in joint planning and in formulating a policy on the future of these youth groupings. The Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) was contracted to assist these Ministries in further research in this area.
This project was successful in initiating a strategy for provincial government to begin dealing concretely with the needs of militarised youth. However, we do not intend to continue with this work in the forthcoming year as Monique Marks, our principal researcher in this area has left the organisation and further funds for the project have not been forthcoming.
As a result of our historical relationship with the South African police trade unions - particularly our ongoing work with them in relation to the transformation of policing institutions - we were requested on several occasions to deal with labour concerns raised by the two main unions: The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU); and The South African Police Union (SAPU). The initial concerns highlighted by these unions revolved around issues of discrimination within the SAPS (based on sex, race, ethnicity and language). A project was developed whereby the PRP assisted the unions in addressing the issues of discrimination in the service. We also assisted the unions in a capacity-building enterprise, in order to enable them to engage constructively with the SAPS in respect of unfair labour practices or discrimination, as well as other related labour issues. Perhaps of greatest significance is the role which the PRP played in facilitating dialogue and contact between these two police labour unions.
Several research papers were compiled dealing with the processes and mechanisms in the SAPS labour relations sphere. One such area which was tackled and which bears specific mention, was stress factors and stress management within the SAPS. A workshop was offered on stress and stress management for police officials, to which there was an overwhelmingly positive response. The CSVR Trauma Clinic has assisted in this area and it is our intention to further develop and follow up with this particular focus in the course of 1996.
The PRP was also engaged in lobbying work on behalf of the unions with regard to police regulations and legislation pertaining to labour relations, making submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Safety and Security in this respect. It is our evaluation that we played a significant role in seeking to ensure that the police service be incorporated under the new Labour Relations Act - from which they had initially been excluded.
A research paper was written by Monique Marks and Naseera Ali (one of the CSVR research interns) outlining the history of labour relations in the South African Police Services. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only such written research which has been produced in South Africa on the subject. Two additional research papers were compiled specifically for use by the police trade unions, dealing with debates on community policing and on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) respectively. This latter paper has assisted SAPU in formulating their policy in support of the TRC.
The CSVR Annual Report for 1994, noted that "it is imperative to further develop the focus on institutional reform within the SAPS, based on the information obtained through the PWV Community Policing Project". Pursuant to this objective, one of the aims of the PRP for 1995 was to engage in the development of a human rights culture within the SAPS.
With a clear view of the institutional impact likely to result from effective human rights education within the police, the National Human Rights Education Forum was set up with representatives from various NGOs, provincial officials of the SAPS, academics from various institutions and human rights practitioners in the field. A vision statement for the National forum was drawn up by these participants and a series of specialised sub-committees were also established. Funding for the human rights programme was then sought from the RDP by the SAPS, and a business plan developed to access this funding.
The forum was tasked to build human rights education throughout the SAPS. The aim of the programme was to provide such education for all members of the SAPS on the basis of a three year programme. It was planned that there would be three distinct levels of training provided:
Basic Education Course on Human Rights
The target audience for this training was identified as being all the members of the SAPS, as well as members of the CPFs - approximately 250 000 people. The proposed method of training was via interactive educational workshops. It was also envisaged that after an initial three year period, this course would be integrated into the SAPS basic training programme.
Advanced Human Rights Training
This course was to operate as a follow up to the basic education course and was designed for members of the SAPS who have completed the basic course (the anticipated number of participants is approximately 120 000). The advanced course will concentrate on aspects of human rights which are specifically applicable to police activities. After three years this course will be integrated into the SAPS advanced training programme.
Human Rights Education at Management Level
This course is designed to service approximately forty thousand police managers and will focus such issues as administrative justice, affirmative action, equality and policing in a democratic society. It is planned that this course will also be integrated into SAPS management training courses.
Although these plans were well laid in principle, practical problems which emerged made implementation extremely difficult. One of the objectives of the national forum was to establish provincial fora and the first Gauteng forum was convened by the CSVR's PRP. The SAPS, various organisations and individuals involved in the human rights field were invited to attend. The mission statement, which was drawn up by participants of the Gauteng forum, stated that it would operate as an NGO resource for communities and policing agencies, specifically the CPFs. However, only three provinces managed to establish similar fora and, even in Gauteng, local level representation has proved to be erratic. Many of these problems arose due to the failure to acquire approval for the national business plan due to problems with the tendering process. The consequent cost implications inhibited the participation of many of the NGOs.
In spite of these problems there have been some successes. At a national level, workshops on the content of human rights manuals and the kind of training to be conducted have been held. A booklet has been developed and there are plans in the pipeline for a video and posters to be used in human rights education. At the last national forum meeting of 1995, three new sub-committees were established and the Centre's PRP, along with Lawyers for Human Rights now make up the Monitoring and Evaluation Sub-committee. The purpose of this sub-committee is to monitor and evaluate human rights education programmes which are being offered in the police service. The PRP remains invested in this crucial process and continues to participate extensively.
The CSVR's Crime Prevention programme which, although guided by the Centre's Policing and Prisons Research Projects, is ultimately driven by an inter-departmental project on crime. This information will not be repeated here, but it should be noted that crime prevention has become the dominant theme within the work of the CSVR's PRP. All our training work, community policing work and other programmes are increasingly geared towards a crime fighting perspective - as this issue dominates the public psyche and the political landscape.
The PRP entertained extensive media queries and offered interviews on the crime rate and crime statistics in South Africa, especially Gauteng, which has become known as the crime capital of the world. Our analysis and critical insights have been widely sought as a means to complement inadequate crime statistics and a dearth of effective analytical information from the authorities.
Graeme Simpson, the Director of CSVR, gained considerable profile in relation to the crime issue and was contracted as a consultant and researcher by the Nedcor project on Crime, Violence and Investment. Graeme was also contracted by the National Ministry of Safety and Security to draft the National Crime Prevention Strategy. Various members of the PRP staff attended the COSAB Conference on Crime on August 15, 1995, and Graeme Simpson assisted in drafting the final report on the conference.
There is little doubt that the dominance of the crime issue in South Africa provides the central challenge to the current government in the years ahead. This means that the work of PRP remains critical, but needs to be reshaped to address this problem. Much of the Community Policing work of the PRP remains central to these new objectives, as do the programmes concerned with militarised youth. The funding base of the PRP is not fully secure for 1996, but we hope that in the course of the year this problem will be solved. In the meantime, we look forward to rationalising the work and structure of those Departments at the CSVR which focus specifically on criminal justice policy issues, and to the establishment of a Criminal Justice Policy Unit in the course of the year.
In the course of 1995, it became clear that it was necessary to integrate and amalgamate the CSVR's work in the youth sector. This involved consolidating two established CSVR programmes which are oriented towards servicing the youth constituency. These programmes are: The Save the Children Project (subsequently renamed the Children and Violence Intervention Project - CVIP), which has developed from its beginnings as a pilot project to being a fully fledged programme confronting an ever-growing need to provide trauma services for an increasing number of schools; and the schools-based Youth Education Programme, which had hitherto been housed in the CSVR's Education and Training Department and which has been providing educational programmes for youth since 1990. Apart from the obvious fact that both projects focus on the youth constituency, there are other motivations for this merger which are outlined below:
Both of these projects utilise the schools as their vehicle for accessing and assisting township-based youth.
The educational workshops run by the Youth Education Programme tended to uncover traumatic experiences in children, and counselling services were necessary to respond to this.
In order to economise on resources and to avoid duplication of work, it was necessary that the two projects liaise and coordinate their services, share information on developments in the school environment and evaluate the impact of their delivery of services. This also increased our ability to impact at various levels within a wider range of schools.
The formal educational component of the Children and Violence Intervention Project provided a limited number of modules dealing with the causes and effects of violence, and was therefore restricted in the development of coping skills necessary for victims of violence. It was therefore of great value to integrate the trauma management components of the Children and Violence Intervention Project with the more comprehensive educational packages which were being provided by the Youth Education Programme.
Both of the CSVR youth programmes shared a primary objective to develop more substantial contacts with the Ministry of Education in Gauteng Province, so as to maximise the impact of their research findings and the evaluation of the services which they provided. The further development of such a lobbying and advocacy role within both Departments of Education and Social Welfare, remains a primary objective of the newly consolidated Youth Department of the CSVR.
The new Youth Department therefore reflects the development of a more holistic approach within this strategic sector of the South African community. The Department's service delivery remains broadly divided into two categories: curative and preventative functions. The curative functions include the counselling of children or youthful victims of violence, as well as their parents or guardians, individual consultations with teachers, home visits and referrals for further counselling when this is required. Preventative services include the provision of educational and empowerment workshops for teachers, students and parents, particularly in the conflict resolution sphere, as well as any other educative programmes developed or facilitated by the Department.
Although it is planned to expand the staffing and the capacity of the Department, this remains subject to the availability of funds in the coming years. At the end of 1995, the Department was staffed by three people. Dorothy Mdhluli, Co-ordinator of the Department and Wandile Zwane - both trained social workers - continued to focus primarily upon the Children and Violence Intervention Project components of the Department's work, while Thami Mayisela, previously employed as a trainer in the CSVR Education and Training Department, took over the formal educational component of the Department's work. Four schools were initially targeted as a pilot for the new integrated approach of the CSVR's Youth Department.
This Project targeted six schools for 1995, adding two schools to the four which were already being serviced at the end of 1994. The motivation to continue in the four existing schools was based predominantly on the fact that the Coordinating Committees established to sustain the work in these schools were clearly not yet strong enough to continue operating on their own. Furthermore, it also became apparent that with time, increasingly complex trauma cases were being identified and the sustained involvement of experienced CSVR team members appeared to remain imperative. In terms of the original project proposal, the Pilot Project was to finalise its work and write up the research findings in the course of 1995. However, in the course of the year it became apparent that it would add to the medium and long term objectives of the Project - and would contribute to the sophistication and comparative basis of the work - to expand the service to these additional schools.
Subsequent to the initial trauma training workshops which were provided for teachers, individual counselling services were offered to children who had been identified by these teachers. In the course of 1995, there was also an increase in the number of parents who, having heard about the service being offered in the schools, sought help concerning their children. This led to various community members within the reach of the school also coming for help, even though their children may not have attended any of the schools which were being serviced by the CSVR. Despite the resultant pressure on the Project's limited capacity, this trend was important in practically illustrating the potential of the school as a point of access to the wider community in the provision of trauma counselling services.
This development was also illustrative of the dire lack of essential trauma intervention resources within these impoverished and under-serviced communities. It was also reflective of the significant trust which had been developed between the CSVR Project staff and the teachers, students and parents whom they served. Word of mouth communication about the services offered made it increasingly difficult to observe the boundaries and formal limitations set for the Project - because of the reality of the lack of trauma services available to township residents.
High school pupils frequently requested counselling or other support of their own accord, rather than waiting to be referred by the teachers. Their particular concerns revolved less around individual developmental issues (which had been one of the expectations of the Project), than around the trauma they experienced due to serious breakdown in their family lives, their experiences of crime within their communities, abuse by teachers or others in the school, their subjection to corporal punishment, rape and sexual assault, depression, suicidal tendencies, and problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Severe cases were referred to the CSVR's Trauma Clinic.
The staff of the CSVR Youth Department continued to offer counselling to teachers who sought help regarding personal problems which were impacting negatively on their performance at school. It was particularly disturbing to realise the extent to which many teachers were traumatised and yet, despite having little or no support available they were still expected to be fully productive in their jobs.
A group work approach was initiated in one primary school in the course of 1995. The groups comprised children who were experiencing similar problems - usually children who had been sexually abused and who were experiencing learning difficulties at school. Different group work methods were used, including play therapy groups conducted by child therapists from the CSVR Trauma Clinic.
To date, approximately 390 children, 1 900 parents and 145 teachers have been provided with some form of assistance.
From early 1994, it had been identified as important to establish coordinating structures in each school in order to sustain the project. During 1995, this was done with varying degrees of success. In those schools with a strong commitment to the programme the bi-weekly schedule for coordinating committee meetings was adhered to and teacher commitment maintained, even where there was significant frustration due to deep-rooted problems in the school system itself. By contrast, other schools were plagued by high levels of teacher absenteeism and many of the teachers were unwilling to commit themselves to either non-teaching or non-remunerated projects (such as the trauma management programme) in the schools. In this context, the Department of Education's failure to provide effective encouragement or incentives to teachers to become involved in programmes such as the Children and Violence Intervention Project, adds to the demotivation of these teachers. It is our evaluation that there is no long-term vision which recognises the potential of such projects to significantly enhance the culture of learning in the schools.
Considerable work had to be put in by Project staff to win teachers over to the positive value of doing volunteer work and to convince them that their own skills would be developed by participating in the Project. Despite this, the magnitude of the problem of violence in the schools, combined with the complexity of many of the problems which they confronted, often resulted in teachers feeling overwhelmed - and this, despite the best intentions of the CSVR's Project staff, produced a significant element of dependency on them for support. As a result, even where the coordinating committees were functioning regularly and where teacher commitment was high, the committees could not realistically be described as self-sustaining. In reality, the CSVR's exit strategy from these schools will remain extremely difficult to operationalise in the absence of any significant governmental commitment to this type of school-based programme. Without an investment of energy and commitment of resources by the Education and Social Welfare Departments, the victim-support programmes piloted by the CSVR in these schools will remain difficult to sustain.
Nonetheless, there was an obvious positive impact in that many of the teachers became more aware and more sensitive in dealing with children who were victims of violence. This new-found sensitivity tended to rub off on their colleagues as well. As a result, the sharing of skills and problem-solving initiatives intensified among teachers in the schools serviced by the Project. This was facilitated, to some extent, by the fact that the Principals in most of the schools were genuinely enthusiastic about the programme. They consequently encouraged their staff to participate in the activities of the CSVR Youth Department, and this recognition encouraged many of the teachers to continue with the programme. The seeds of sustainable school-based teacher-driven programmes have therefore been sown, but require further nurturing - especially from the Department of Education itself - before they realise their full potential.
Community-based workshops offered to parents of the school pupils was one of the essential components of the Children and Violence Intervention Project during 1995. Through these workshops, parents and other members of the community could be reached directly. The workshops were open to any concerned member of the community to attend and they promoted an understanding of the trauma work of the CSVR. Most importantly, through conscientising parents, these workshops also contributed to more effective prevention. The workshops also provided skills training in that they also taught parents how to identify and respond to their children's trauma.
The community-based workshops with parents, provided an avenue for the exchange of ideas and perspectives amongst parents, especially on such current issues as the use of corporal punishment. This assisted the CSVR's Project staff as well, in that we could monitor and identify the different views being articulated by the Education Department, teaching staff and parent population. Although the Constitutional Court has held corporal punishment to be unconstitutional, many teachers and parents still support the practice and lack confidence in the effectiveness of alternative measures.
These workshops also served a public relations function, popularising the work and services of the CVIP, providing an opportunity for the CSVR Youth Department to publicise the work of the Centre more generally within these impoverished township communities - who represent the target constituency of much of the CSVR's work.
Through extensive networking in the course of 1995, relations between the CVIP and the SAPS improved considerably. A functional partnership was established with members of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) operating out of the Naledi Police Station. Through the improved and generally efficient manner in which the local Child Protection Unit responded to case demands placed upon them, they became a valuable resource for the staff of the CSVR Youth Department. The CSVR also facilitated opportunities for members of the Unit to provide talks to parents and teachers on how the CPU operates, the legal and moral dilemmas they face, and the requirements for successful prosecution of child abuse offenders.
In addition to the CPU, in the course of 1995 the Youth Department also established organisational links with the Childrens' Inquiry Trust, various womens' organisations, church organisations and Trade Unions - particularly through productive cooperation with the Sexual Harassment Education Project (SHEP), which is housed at the CSVR.
The Netherlands-based Institute for Southern Africa (IZA), invited Dorothy Mdhluli (as part of an eight women delegation from South Africa) to attend a conference organised by the Dialogues Foundation on: "Dealing with Children in Armed Conflict". This afforded an excellent international networking opportunity where meetings with different organisations from various parts of the world were arranged to share experiences on common areas of work. The Youth Department gained an enormous amount of insight from this trip and gained confidence in the CSVR's work as both innovative and unique internationally.
Towards the end of 1995, the Youth Department staff wrote up the findings of the Save the Children Pilot Project in an analytical report which covered the period from January 1994 to November 1995. This report was edited by Candice Blase and is available from the CSVR's Resource Centre. The writing of the report was an invaluable vehicle for evaluating the successes and failures of the Project, and served to shape the programme and agenda for the expansion and strategic development of the CVIP in the next two years.
In particular, the unique experience of the CVIP at a grass-roots level in the schools, coupled with our unique access to teachers, parents and traumatised children, means that the consolidated report on the project is amongst our most powerful vehicles for lobbying and advocacy work designed to ensure that various governmental departments begin to take responsibility for the provision of trauma services.
In 1995, six schools were initially targeted for the Youth Education Programme. However, as a result of practical considerations beyond the control of the CSVR, the programme only operated in four schools in Soweto. One of the schools cancelled the programme due to the fact that the school was re-locating premises, whilst another could only accommodate the programme at the very beginning of the year - before the workshop educational packages could be completed.
The CSVR's Youth Education Programme is based on an experiential learning methodology which provides students with the opportunity to talk about their experiences and perceptions of violence, as well as how this has affected their lives as young people. The education workshops were also designed to assist the participants to understand and deal with their feelings about violence, and to come to terms with the origins and existence of different kinds of violence in South Africa and in their lives. Students who showed symptoms of violence-related trauma were either referred to the CVIP or the CSVR Trauma Clinic if they required counselling.
In order to maximise the success of the CSVR's schools-based Youth Education Programme, it was necessary to secure widespread teacher support for the programme from the outset. Pursuant to this objective, the Programme was first introduced to the members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), Soweto branch. In addition, the various school principals were approached individually and the proposed programme presented to them. In most cases, principals delegated the guidance teachers of each school as the contact persons in charge of the programme. In all of the schools approached, the principals were extremely supportive of the programme, as were the guidance teachers who were delegated to participate.
Nonetheless, a number of problems were experienced in the course of 1995, and it is essential that the process of entry into the schools be improved and systematised in the future. For example, in some schools, not all teachers knew about the Programme and this generated some conflict due to the fact that the planned workshops clashed with other classes, or merely disrupted some of the teachers' preparation time. In future, these sorts of problems can be easily avoided by running a joint introductory workshop for all the teachers at a particular school - before the commencement of the Programme. This will ensure a commitment to the Programme from all the teachers in the school.
The CSVR's Youth Department offered an eight week programme to each of the schools. This programme covered a diverse range of issues in depth and included the following:
Discussions of the definitions of violence;
An examination of different types of violence, including family violence, political and criminal violence (with special reference to gang-related conflict and violence), various forms of violence at schools, and sexual violence;
An exploration of when and why violence occurs;
An examination of the various effects of violence, particularly the psychological symptoms of victimisation;
Workshops to develop coping skills for those exposed to violence;
Conflict management skills training and an examination of alternative means of dealing with conflict situations;
Discussions of the relationship of racism and other forms of prejudice to social conflict and violence.
Students evaluated the programme very positively and, as a whole, found it extremely interesting and empowering. Interestingly, students did show slightly less interest in the topic of political violence, probably due to the fact that most students perceived levels of political violence to have subsided in the wake of the 1994 election with the result that this is no longer seen as a dominant issue.
The other topics covered within the educational workshops produced interesting trends of their own. For example, the workshops on sexual violence generally produced group discussions in which the young boys' dominated and in which the majority of the girls remained passive. In some instances the experiential learning methodology utilised in the workshops - and which is heavily dependent on the participation of the students themselves - was consequently threatened by this sort of non-participation. Creative intervention and facilitation by the CSVR team was therefore necessary to prevent the workshops from simply legitimising many of the myths about rape which went unchallenged by the girls in the groups.
The Education Module dealing with racism was presented in one school in Johannesburg which was experiencing intense racial conflict at the time. The module was generally well received and it was evaluated as an important component of the conflict management intervention strategy within the school. The CSVR Youth Department was specifically requested to run a series of workshops on gang violence in one of the schools where the students were engaged in ongoing conflict with a notorious gang in the township.
The various workshops frequently evoked intense responses from participants who were frequently victims of violence themselves. The ability to deal with the feelings which emerged and to contain them, was substantially enhanced by the link to the CVIP and the CSVR Trauma Clinic, both of which offered an ability to make the necessary interventions.
It is therefore important to note that all the components of the workshops were in demand at different times and for different audiences - and were often responsive to highly specific needs within different school environments. Flexibility in the educational programmes has therefore proved to be a real asset of the Youth Department and, to this end, the ability to draw on the multi-disciplinary skills of other members of the CSVR once again proved invaluable in 1995.
The SRCs were one of the key target groups in most of the schools in which the Youth Education Programme was operative. Sustained contact was maintained with the SRCs through weekly meetings between them and the CSVR. However, as with the teachers' coordination committees, the sustainability of these structures was difficult to secure. In the case of the SRCs, however, the problems of sustainability were more structural in orientation. The SRCs are generally made up of members from different classes and age levels and this often results in very diverse needs and interests. More importantly, the SRC term of office is generally for a year only, after which entirely new relationships have to be cultivated with new SRC members and it is impossible to sustain continuity with the interventions of the CSVR Project. Finally, sustainability of the Youth Education Programme at the student representative level was also difficult to secure, as many of the students belonged to different and competing student structures within the schools.
Nonetheless, it is encouraging to note that through these weekly meetings considerable trust was developed between the CSVR, the schools and the students, evidenced by the fact that the CSVR's Youth Department was called upon to assist when certain schools experienced problems with local gangs.
In 1995, the CSVR's Youth Education Programme worked very closely with the Independent Mediation Services of South Africa (IMSSA) in those schools where students were trained in conflict management and non-violent conflict resolution techniques. The Centre's Youth Department also assisted the Community Dispute Resolution Trust (CDRT) to gain access to some of our schools in Soweto. The CSVR was also the founder member of the NGO Schools' Consortium concerned with this type of conflict management training in schools.
The Youth Education Programme of the CSVR, developed an important and constructive working relationship with NICRO (Soweto) with whom school visits were shared. Similar cooperative working relationships have been established with SANCA, and we hope to work in a similar manner with the Centre for Health Policy in 1996. The CSVR, IMSSA and CDRT are considering a joint lobbying strategy focussed on the Ministry of Education, with the objective of securing a conflict management component within the formal school curriculum. Hopefully this will be further developed in 1996.
The work of the Youth Department was greatly facilitated by the generous contributions of Comic Relief/Charity Projects (via Save the Children [UK]), as well as Bread for the World (Germany) and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK), who are the major donors supporting the work of this Department. Gratitude must also be expressed to the Gencor Trust which donated R20 000 towards the purchase of a second-hand vehicle for use in visiting the township schools, as well as to the Standard Bank of South Africa for their generous contributions to the continued work of the Department. At the time of writing this report, the Youth Department is still short of approximately 25% of its projected budget to the end of 1997, and this makes ongoing fundraising a priority. However, in the example set by the Gencor and Standard Bank Foundations, there resides the positive potential that South African corporate interests will recognise the long term value of this work and will step in to secure its future and its prospective expansion.
A central evaluative concern must be the sustainability of the Youth Department's schools-based programmes, especially considering the difficulties in sustaining teacher interest and the school-based Coordinating Committees. It is our view that in the long term these programmes are simply not sustainable by an NGO such as the CSVR, which has limited capacity to continue expanding its service delivery to more and more schools. Ultimately, the non-delivery of these services by government departments simply cannot be allowed to continue, but this demands the development and sophistication of our lobbying and advocacy work, so as to apply the necessary pressure to government. At best it will still take considerable time and effort to build this commitment in government, especially considering the scarcity of available resources, and particularly within the Department of Social Welfare.
Despite these concerns, it is in our evaluation unquestionable that the invaluable work of the CSVR Youth Department should continue - but without expanding beyond a schools base which is manageable. Grassroots intervention and education programmes such as those described above remain an important source of information. It is ultimately our ability to test our approaches in practice, and to document this through our research, which will strengthen our ability to win the policy approach we seek from government.
The vital need for teacher education and empowerment cannot be overstated and is evidenced by the numerous requests the CSVR has received from schools across Gauteng. To this end, in 1996, the Youth Department decided to initiate a "Forty Schools Programme", providing targeted training for a limited number of teachers in the forty schools situated in the area in which our projects are currently based. This area is popularly regarded by the residents as being among the most violent in Soweto. This area, once dubbed "the wild west", is called the ZOJAZEM Area and includes the following suburbs of Soweto: Zola, Jabulani, Zondi and Emdeni.
The main feature of this programme will be training workshops which will be attended by two teachers from each of the forty schools in the area. It is proposed that these eighty teachers will then in turn train their colleagues at their respective schools.
In 1996, the CSVR Youth Department will consider servicing the "out of school youth" more effectively, but we are acutely aware of our limited capacity in terms of person-power. An audit of different youth organisations in the Gauteng Province will nonetheless be undertaken and intensive networking will have to be initiated and undertaken if this area of work is to be effectively launched. The Department will attempt to take up some of the work initiated by the Policing Research Department amongst the "militarized youth".
As noted above, it is vital that 1996 sees the CSVR Youth Department begin to translate its past interventions into effective lobbying of the government Departments of Education and Social Welfare, with the aim of getting government to focus on the need for trauma and support services in the schools. It must be said that much has been done already to restore the culture of learning in the schools, but the CSVR Youth Department will continue to argue and emphasise that, in order to sustain such initiatives, the Ministry of Education should formally accommodate this kind of violence-related work within both the schools and teacher training curricula.
The services of the CSVR Youth Department have been predominantly offered to Soweto communities. In 1996, the Department will also initiate some limited service delivery in Randfontein. This area has been selected due to the many requests received for this, but also because this will facilitate some effective comparative studies to be conducted beyond the confines of suburbs in Soweto.
In 1996 the CSVR Youth Department will work in 12 schools, offering a comprehensive service in some, and merely providing support services in those schools with established coordinating committees. The work will continue with both parents and students. It is planned to improve our research and evaluation techniques, in order to measure more accurately the impact of the programme.
The CSVR's Education and Training Department underwent a restructuring process and shift in focus during 1995. This restructuring was prompted by several important factors, including: the increasing specialisation within the CSVR's education and training functions; the expansion of the Department's educational programmes, particularly the schools-based Youth Education Programme; as well as the growing demand which was being placed on other Departments within the Centre to design and implement education and training programmes reflective of the Centre's ongoing research and policy work.
It has already been noted that by the beginning of 1995, the CSVR's youth focus had become more extensive and specialised. Although much of this work had previously been based in the Education and Training Department, as other Departments within the Centre began to engage more extensively with the youth sector, it became increasingly evident that the Centre needed an integrated approach to the Youth sector as a whole. The resultant merger of the Centre's various youth initiatives into a specialised Youth Department has been dealt with above and will not be repeated here. Suffice it to note that the schools-based Youth Education Programme, which had been a primary programme of the Education and Training Department, consequently became part of the Centre's Youth Department from June 1995. The report reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of this schools programme has been dealt with in the section on the Youth Education Programme.
The second trend which shaped the new direction and restructuring of the Education and Training Department, was the growing demand placed on other CSVR Departments to design and implement education and training programmes which integrated their research and policy work of the last eight years. Over the past five years, the CSVR Education and Training Department has developed an expertise in the design of educational programmes and has consolidated training skills in order to implement many different types of programmes relating to violence and reconciliation. For this reason, and because the other Departments within the Centre have not always had the capacity to continue with their work - while at the same time meeting the increasing training demands placed upon them - the Centre forged a new role for the Education and Training Department: it was to develop the capacity to assist all the other CSVR Departments in the design and implementation of their education and training programmes.
This includes, for example: assisting the Departments with needs analyses to determine training priorities; the design of appropriate and relevant implementation programmes - including the development of alternative curricula; the training of trainers within the various CSVR Departments; and the design and development of appropriate educational materials to support these programmes. In this way, the expertise that the Education and Training Department has developed in the area of programme design and implementation, would be strategically combined with the subject expertise which resides within the different Departments of the Centre. It will thus be possible to produce professional and effective education and training programmes, materials and training skills, for successful and sustainable programmes.
However, this new vision was not operationalised until mid-1995 and was only implemented with the formation of the Youth Department. Until this time, the energies of the Education and Training Department remained focused upon the Youth Education Programme within the schools; in the second half of 1995, there were a number of other programmes for which the Education and Training Department remained responsible. These other programmes, and activities described below, reflected innovative interventions in areas of work which the CSVR recognised as important to reconciliation.
In May 1995, The National Peace Accord Trust (NPAT) asked the CSVR to facilitate a conflict-ridden development process in Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg. The aim of the Project was to empower approximately 1 200 families who had been displaced from their homes through conflicts which had swept through Alexandra in the course of 1992. A prime goal was to facilitate their effective participation in a process of peaceful reconstruction of the devastated area. Ultimately, this demanded that the CSVR play a central role in attempting to rebuild shattered relationships, by building reconciliation and thereby, facilitating a process of sustainable local-level reconstruction and development.
The central problem resided in the cycle of displacement which characterised this part of Alexandra and which largely resulted from conflicts between migrant hostel dwellers and township residents. This meant that the delivery of resources into the area, particularly the building of houses, threatened to escalate the conflicts between impoverished and competing interest groups and stake-holders. The first aim of the intervention was therefore to facilitate a "social compact" with all the key stake-holders in the area. The social compact was seen as a crucial first step in managing the difficult process of development and reconciliation in this war-torn area. Such a social compact necessitated long term facilitation and mediation in order to solve the problems between different interest groups in a sustainable manner. As a result, the intervention is designed to continue well into 1996.
The short term goals of the project were defined as:
The transformation of a situation of anger and despair into a situation where survivors of violence are empowered to address their problems in a positive and constructive manner. This goal was to be achieved through running a series of interactive workshops.
To bring about an agreement between the competing stake-holders on the principles and the outline of a reconstruction plan for the RCA area (the section of the township with which the project was primarily concerned).
The longer term goals were even more ambitious:
The facilitation of the delivery of housing (by government) for the displaced persons.
The facilitation of the process of rebuilding and reconstruction of the ruined area.
The rebuilding of the social fabric and the creation of a united and harmonious community.
The CSVR Education and Training Department agreed to coordinate the design and implementation of this project. An inter-departmental committee was set up in order to harness the diverse expertise within the various Centre Departments. The programme which was designed consisted of three levels of intervention:
The running of interactive empowerment and skills training workshops. These joint workshops were run on a regular basis (often weekly) and facilitated joint decision making by competing interest groups - as a means of building a "social compact". These workshops entailed considerable mediation by the CSVR facilitators, and also served as a training ground for trainers, facilitators and future educators who would potentially be able to play such a mediating role within Alexandra.
The facilitation of meetings on a weekly basis between the different stake-holders. This work with the leadership of the different groups in the community was essentially about overcoming pre-existing hostilities and, through developing a joint problem solving approach, seeking to engender enduring partnerships between former enemies.
The conducting of policy research revolving around the processes of development and reconciliation at a local level. The dramatic lessons learned from the CSVR's Alexandra experience, as well as the innovative methodology deployed, demands that the entire project and its outcomes, successes and failures, be analysed and written up for the benefit of others engaged in development initiatives within similar historically divided communities. This research will be written up in the course of 1996, as the project continues.
It is our evaluation that the first short term goal of the Alexandra project seems to have been fulfilled: the atmosphere of anger and despair has been successfully transformed into a situation where all stake-holders are committed to solving problems in a constructive and positive manner. However, the lack of negotiating and organisational skills on the part of many of the local leaders necessitated placing more effort in such skills development. On this basis, it became necessary to develop an additional series of workshops which aimed to provide representatives of the various constituencies with basic leadership skills.
The interactive workshop process amongst the leadership was itself instrumental in building better relationships between previously divided groups. However, whether the spirit of reconciliation and joint working principles was extended beyond the leadership level is debatable. This concern will require priority attention in the new year.
There were a number of factors which emerged as important constraints in the CSVR's interventions, which deserve special attention here. Firstly, access to government's Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) Unit proved to be problematic. This was further complicated by tensions between national and regional governmental housing authorities, which resulted in the effective marginalisation of local community leadership in the housing development process.
Problems arose within the Alexandra-based Plenary Group - the group of leaders involved in the building of a social compact. Not being able to ascertain with certainty the precise degree of representivity of the Plenary Group members, renders it extremely difficult to predict the responses or actions of the various constituencies which are ostensibly represented at the plenary - once the development and reconstruction process does in fact get under-way. However, it is planned to run follow-up workshops in each of the represented constituencies early in 1996 - and it is hoped that this will also strengthen the links between the leadership in the plenary and at grassroots level.
Another danger which has emerged is that contained within the unrealistically high expectations which developed (particularly as regards reconstruction delivery deadlines), both amongst the plenary members and their constituencies. This was, and continues to be, a constant tension within the Project. It is very important that expectations are realistic and grounded to the pace of progress within the Project. There is a continuous danger that expectations will outrun delivery, causing resentment and even intensified conflict. The worst possible consequence of this would be the ultimate undermining of the embryonic social compact - for example, through the illegal invasion of houses once the reconstruction process does begin.
The Alexandra Project is a perfect illustration of the dangers posed by "un-managed" reconstruction and development initiatives. Unless all the divergent interests on the ground are factored into the planning process, the danger exists that such development may generate more conflict than it offers to resolve. It is imperative to work out the implications which such development will have for each of the different community-based constituencies.
It would be naive to assume that a project such as this one could resolve all the divergent interests and prevent the emergence of conflicts in the future. However, if sensitive areas are brought into the open before the reconstruction process begins, it might be possible to develop mechanisms to hold emergent conflicts in check - or prevent them from manifesting in violence. However, if reconstruction initiatives rely only on a small grouping of leadership figures, it is highly probable that many sensitive issues will be glossed over. These very issues form the potential for future conflicts which could easily become violent in a densely populated, substantially impoverished and deeply divided area such as Alexandra.
It is our evaluation that great progress has been made by the Alexandra Project, thanks to the hard work of the facilitator, Rev Dr Liz Carmichael, the dedication of the plenary group and the facilitation process provided by the staff of the Education and Training Department of the CSVR.
Through the National Peace Accord Trust, The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) at the University of the Witwatersrand, contracted the CSVR to design, write and produce materials for an educational module to be part of a certified course on reconciliation at a local community level. The CSVR was also requested to actually run the training for the module which was to be part of a course certificated by the University Senate.
This pilot course aimed to upgrade and develop the skills of at least twenty five "community organisers" from the Katorus (East Rand) area. The people selected for the course are all professionals (teachers, police, nurses, social workers, etc.) who, once they have completed the course, will act as community facilitators in setting up and coordinating structures within their area, which can deal more effectively with violence and trauma. The participants on the pilot programme will also be trained to enable them in turn, to train a further 50 facilitators who will then be able to offer assistance in establishing these community structures.
This enterprise is an innovation, and the motivation for developing such formal curricula on reconciliation needs to be spelled out here. South African communities have a long tradition of political organisation and civil society activism. Many of the community activists and leaders have played key roles in the negotiated transition in South Africa. However, many of these leaders have consequently been drawn into positions within the new government, resulting in a serious gap developing in the local-level leadership of grassroots communities. Thus, whilst the national negotiated settlement has heralded a new era in democratic politics and nation building, it has ironically resulted in the weakening of many local-level civic and community-based organisations, at precisely the time when they have had to define new roles for themselves in a very different political terrain. But civil society needs to reassert itself as a responsible and confident actor in the reconstruction and development process. Community organisers and leaders need to develop a fresh understanding of the role civil society can play in such reconstruction.
It is our evaluation that training which assists these embryonic community leaders to understand reconciliation and develop the skills to resolve conflict in a non-violent manner, will equip them to meet the challenges of the (potentially divisive) processes of reconstruction of their communities. This reconciliation training demands that those trained are able to confront and engage with a past in which the majority of people have suffered political oppression, severe economic deprivation and the systematic disruption of family and community life.
To this end, it is intended that the Community Support Educators who are being trained through the CSVR module will be able to:
Analyse the different types of social conflict and violence within their communities (analytical skills development).
Identify strategic interventions in conflict situations, which will lead to building reconciliation thorough effective conflict management (analytical skills, strategic planning skills, networking /accessing resources skills).
Define and articulate the principles of reconciliation in relation to different types of community conflict (organisational and community development skills).
Access resources, agencies and individuals who can assist in planning and developing interventions.
Apply the basic skills of mediation and negotiation.
Plan communication meetings.
Understand the principles and dynamics of the concept "community".
This project is an ongoing cooperative venture with various modules of the course being prepared and presented by different organisations. The CCE will be providing modules which offer adult education skills, facilitation skills and communication skills. The National Peace Accord Trust (NPAT) will be offering a module on trauma management and trauma counselling. The CSVR Education and Training Department took responsibility for the module on violence and reconciliation. However, the CSVR's module and those run directly by the CCE, will form the basis for the certification of the course in early 1996.
Although much of the preparation, curriculum design and materials production occurred in the second half of 1995, the teaching of the pilot course only began in October 1995 and will run until October 1996. If successful, the course will be replicated at a national level through other educational institutions on a similar level to CCE at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Because the pilot programme only ends in October 1996, it is still too early to fully evaluate the success of the programme. However, by the end of 1995, two modules had been already been completed by the CSVR Education and Training Department and these will be adjusted for a second pilot group in early 1996. The curriculum and the manual will provide an important resource for future training and implementation programmes in the area of reconciliation.
The CSVR Education and Training Department ran two separate training courses (each over three week-ends) for the Peace Corps in Daveyton (East Rand) and in Bekkersdal (West Rand). The content and methodology closely followed and built upon the successful training perviously conducted within this sector. In both cases it is our evaluation that the training was successful in transferring a basic understanding of the dynamics of conflict at a local level. This training has also built upon the development of research in the "militarized youth" constituency, which has been conducted by the CSVR Policing Research Project. Although limited, it is our view that this training has the potential to make a significant contribution to the reintegration of marginalised youth groups, particularly "former combatants". Work with these Peace Corps participants has also enhanced the CSVR's understanding of some of the difficult challenges to nation-building and reconciliation in South Africa.
The CSVR Education and Training Department, in prioritising educational materials development, produced a number of pilot manuals which will be finally completed in 1996. Amongst these are, the CCE Reconciliation Curricula manuals and a brief Trauma Management manual for use within the business sector. In addition these manuals, the following materials were commissioned, produced and submitted for publication:
Viva Books commissioned the Department to write a second part to a booklet for adult learners on dealing with grief and bereavement. This booklet is due to be published in June 1996.
Macmillan Publishers commissioned the Department to write three chapters for a set of school text-books which look at violence, crime and the principles of nation building. The text books are due to be published in the course of 1996 and reflect a strengthening relationship between the Centre's materials development and the writing of school text books. There is a possibility of further cooperation between Macmillan Publishers and the Department in the future. This offers exciting opportunities for integration of the CSVR's materials into the formal schools curricula.
The training manual on "Dealing With Rape" which was researched and written by Sharon Lewis and which was noted in the previous Annual Report, was finally published by Sached Books. The official public launch of this exceptional book took place in October 1995. The launch was addressed by the CSVR Director, Graeme Simpson, Secretary General of the ANC, Cheryl Carolus and a representative of the SAPS. The book has since received extremely impressive reviews and has been widely used.
The Education and Training Department assisted the Truth and Reconciliation Department in the development and production of a "docu-drama" educational video called "Khulumani - Speak Out". This video is the CSVR's first production of multi-media education and training materials and represents the initial realisation of many of the Department's strategic objectives for 1995. An educational radio programme on similar lines is also being planned for 1996.
The CSVR's Education and Training Department continued to run the Centre's Monthly Seminar Programme. Although there were only six seminars in 1995, the Programme remains a dynamic forum for dialogue and comparative research. The seminars continued to be well attended and the CSVR Seminar Programme has retained a significant reputation as a dynamic forum for dealing with current issues. We receive many more requests to present at our seminars than can always be accommodated. The CSVR's Administration Department must be credited for bearing the brunt of the work in dealing with the logistics of running the programme. The following are the topics covered in this years seminars:
|The Peculiar Temporality of Violence||Robert Thornton|
|Anti Gay Violence and the Police||Aubrey Theron & Christiaan Bezuidenhout|
|Justifications of Violence by Activist Youth in Diepkloof, Soweto||Monique Marks|
|The Death Penalty and Public Opinion||Mark Shaw, Myron Zlotnik & Mongezi Mnyani|
|The Psychology of Reconciliation: Focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.||Brandon Hamber, Mohammed Seedat & Zachina Mohammed|
|Lessons from Bosnia: A South African's views on ethnic cleansing, federalism, international peacekeeping and reconstruction||Graeme Simpson|
In the course of 1995, the CSVR ran an essay writing competition for young South Africans. This competition was funded by private donations generously given by private individuals in Chicago (USA). The competition was advertised and jointly supported by the Sowetan Newspaper. Prizes were awarded to the best submissions on the topic of: "Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa: The Perspectives of the Youth", and these prizes were then split between the authors and their respective schools.
Over 1 500 essays were submitted and after these were processed, the winners were announced in the Sowetan Newspaper and a public prize-giving ceremony was held at the CSVR offices in April 1995. As a window on the perspectives of the youth, it is hoped to publish extracts from various of the essays submitted - if a willing publisher can be found.
There have been two key developments in the restructuring of the Education and Training Department in the course of 1995. The first is the conceptualisation of a Department within the Centre that will develop the professional capacity of the CSVR as a whole in order to design and deliver integrated and comprehensive implementation programmes. The second is the concrete and substantial in-roads that the Department has made into the design and implementation of institutionally supported community programmes around processes of reconciliation.
In order to realise the full potential of these two developments, the Education and Training Department will need to adopt the following approaches in 1996:
It needs to further develop its capacity in the area of educational materials development. This will become a priority in 1996.
It must fully harness and utilise the creative production of research, policy formation and intervention strategies in the different CSVR Departments. In this manner the Education and Training Department must service all the other CSVR Departments through building integrated inter-disciplinary training, facilitation and implementation programmes. This process has great potential for the delivery of a service which has an incredibly wide range of expertise and different entry levels.
The Department needs to expand its production of high quality, professional educational materials, which can be used by other trainers within communities on a nation-wide basis.
It will be necessary to further explore "alternative" educational mechanisms - particularly a more extensive multi-media approach to delivering educational programmes. This approach has already been initiated at the CSVR in 1995. However, there is still great potential to reach a much wider constituency and to contribute to the building of a new culture of reconciliation and human rights - not only within institutions and organised sectors of civil society, but among those marginalised sectors of the community who are not usually reached by more narrowly constructed educational programmes.
Overall, the CSVR's Education and Training Department has great potential which is beginning to be realised. Through consolidating and capitalising on much of the work being done at the CSVR, the Department has already begun to contribute to the organisation's earning capacity. Although the Department's potential will still depend on expanded funding and capacity building (just in order to meet the demand currently being placed on it), in the long term, this Department could make a significant contribution to a thrust towards greater financial self-sufficiency of the CSVR.
Through its various Departments, the CSVR has been extensively involved work related to crime and crime prevention since its inception. In particular, the work of the Policing Research Project and the Prisons Research Project have been specifically concerned with the transformation of state institutions which are at the heart of crime combatting in South Africa. In addition to this, the CSVR Trauma Clinic has consistently been dealing with clients who have been victims of violent crime and the CSVR Youth Department has been engaging with the youth as a key constituency who are the primary victims and perpetrators of crime in South Africa. Much of the CSVR's crime prevention work has therefore been dealt with in the sections of this Annual Report which deal with these Departments.
However, in the second half of 1995, due to the centrality of the crime problem in South Africa, it was felt that this range of work needed to be consolidated and its impact maximised through coordination of all the CSVR's crime related programmes. To this end it was decided to set up an internal inter-departmental committee on crime prevention.
This committee began functioning and has played an important role in strategising the CSVR's profile and impact in this vital arena. It is our evaluation that this has substantially enhanced the Centre's ability to generate innovative inter-disciplinary policy and to develop a sustained media profile in relation to this dominant social concern in post-Apartheid South Africa.
The CSVR's expertise in the arena of crime prevention was recognised through extensive requests for information, analysis and policy research in relation to crime. In particular, the CSVR Director, Graeme Simpson was contracted as a member of the Nedcor team which produced the Nedcor report on Crime, Violence and Investment in South Africa. The report is due for completion and publication early in 1996.
Graeme Simpson has also been contracted by the National Ministry of Safety and Security to act as a consultant to the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) team. He has been requested to assist in the drafting of the NCPS document, which will then be subjected to scrutiny and public feedback through Provincial NCPS summits. Graeme began work on this in November 1995 and the NCPS document is due for completion in April 1996.
All the contract fees paid by the Ministry of Safety and Security, as well as by Nedcor, will accrue to the CSVR.
The implementation of the much vaunted Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), as well as the manifest non-delivery on the developmental expectations of many South Africans, highlighted the fact that economic development within communities which have historically been divided over access to scarce resources, may generate more conflict than it resolves. The analysis of the CSVR was that, far from being the "catch-all" solution to social conflict which many expected, "un-managed" developmental initiatives may in fact become a source of increased social conflict and potential violence. In pursuit of this concern, the CSVR initiated research into this vital area.
Much of the CSVR's work in this sphere was based in the Centre's Education and Training Department, and was driven via a pilot programme in facilitating a developmental initiative within a conflict-ridden section of Alexandra Township. The Alexandra Project is ongoing and will continue well into 1996. It is therefore anticipated that this pilot study will be written up and disseminated in the second half of next year.
The Project provides a unique opportunity to generate lessons in economic or infrastructural developmental processes within conflict situations which, it is hoped, will service initiatives in other parts of the country and the world. The broad lesson which is already becoming obvious, is that such "hard" developmental approaches are vulnerable at best - and at worst untenable - in the absence of human, social and political development as a parallel process. This is consistent with the CSVR's perspective on the reciprocal relationship between reconstruction and reconciliation in South Africa.
The unique organisational contribution and lessons from the South African experience which are offered by the CSVR, received considerable international recognition and acclaim in the course of 1995. This was most obviously demonstrated by the growth of the CSVR's international consultancy functions in the course of the year - as well as by increased requests for information, interviews, visits, etc. by foreign academics, policy makers, NGO representatives, international organisations and other guests from abroad. The CSVR received delegations and addressed guests from various African countries including Burundi, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Uganda, as well as from European countries and from the United States. We were also consulted by many international NGOs and by different arms of the United Nations.
In January and February 1995, Graeme Simpson was commissioned by the US State Department to be a member of an international team of experts conducting a research programme in Central Bosnia. The object of this project was to conduct policy research to service the development of strategy on the deployment of foreign aid to the region, with a specific concern for strategies for reconciliation and reconstruction in this region. A three hundred page report was compiled and was widely distributed within the State Department, to other governmental donors, as well as to the World Bank and to international NGOs. Graeme Simpson received considerable acclaim for his contribution to this report and to the entire research project.
In August 1995, Graeme Simpson was contracted to conduct educational workshops with a broad range of Namibian NGOs in order to share aspects of the South African transition and to examine possibilities for reconciliation strategies in that country. One of the Namibian NGO partners in this exercise is seeking to establish an ongoing partnership with the CSVR and has requested to send members of the organisation on internships to the CSVR. This will depend on successful fund-raising for this purpose and should materialise in the course of 1996.
In December 1995, Graeme Simpson was commissioned by a Sierra Leonean NGO to run a series of programmes in that country in preparation for the forthcoming election in February 1996 and the resultant transition from military to democratic governance. This trip was sponsored by the US Embassy in Sierra Leone. Workshops were presented to delegations of senior public servants, NGOs and religions leaders, political party leadership, police chiefs and leadership in the military government. Graeme Simpson also had consultations with the Head of State, members of the Sierra Leonean Electoral Commission, the Commander in Chief of the Military and with all the Presidential candidates. It is hoped that further work may arise in Sierra Leone at some time subsequent to the democratic elections.
In the course of 1995, it has become increasingly apparent that the experiences of the CSVR may add value to a Southern African regional perspective on reconciliation and reconstruction. As reciprocal strategies are being put in place by governments of the sub-region in relation to trade, security and development, it becomes more apparent that there is a need for similar networks and initiatives within the NGO sector. To this end it is hoped that the CSVR will be able to host a small conference for NGOs in the Southern African region in the course of 1996.
This work is ongoing within the CSVR and is operationalised as an inter-departmental project, with participation from several CSVR Departments. Graeme Simpson is coordinating most of the interventions in the industrial context.
The work in industry has suffered slightly from a lack of targeted research within this sector over the past year, and it would ideally be desirable to recruit a dedicated researcher in the near future. However, most of the consulting and service delivery within industry during 1995, revolved around various training and trauma management interventions. The CSVR Trauma Clinic continued to serve a number of companies through group debriefings and the provision of counselling services. Educational inputs on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were also provided in some companies. The CSVR has also been involved in negotiations with several companies around contracts to run trauma management training for managers, supervisors and employee care workers. It is hoped that some of these contracted services will be provided in the course of 1996.
Amongst others, the CSVR began to work with several new corporations, including: Nampak, Eskom, Nedcor and Unilever, and contacts were also established with Business Against Crime and COSAB.
Gender issues are an integral part of the work being done by all of the CSVR Departments. The majority of the clients treated in the Trauma Clinic are women, many of whom are victims of rape, domestic violence or sexual abuse. Furthermore, the training in trauma management which is offered by the Clinic staff, focuses specifically on dealing with sexual violence and counselling for care givers and survivors of rape. Similarly, much of the educational work being done in the schools is concerned with problems of gender-related violence within the home and in the youth sector. A great deal of the work of the CSVR Truth and Reconciliation Department is also specifically concerned with women who have survived human rights abuse under Apartheid. Most of the members of the Khulumani Support Groups are mothers who have lost their children.
Particularly noteworthy, however, is the final publication by Sached Books of the book: "Dealing with Rape", which was referred to in the 1994 Annual Report and which was officially launched in October 1995. Feedback on this unique manual - written by Sharon Lewis - has been outstanding.
The CSVR continued to host the Sexual Harassment Education Project (SHEP) throughout 1995. Although SHEP is an independent project, the relationship between the CSVR and SHEP has become closer and is increasingly of mutual benefit to both parties. SHEP has been working closely with the CSVR Policing Research Project, the Trauma Clinic and the Education and Training Department. We look forward to building on this mutually beneficial relationship in the years ahead.
The CSVR's work in conflict management and prevention resulted in our growing integration into a national network of organisations operating in this field in South Africa. This network was greatly stimulated by a two day workshop facilitated by Interfund in the course of 1995, and the CSVR has continued to build relationships with many of the other NGOs who attended this programme.
The CSVR has gained substantial recognition as a conflict resolution organisation in the course of 1995. Our grass-roots work on violence and development in Alexandra, our victim aid interventions and our work with youth, teachers and curriculum development in the schools, all proved their worth in the development of unique strategy, policy and perspectives in relation to conflict management and prevention. The inter-disciplinary approaches of the CSVR have gained increasing international and local recognition in the fields of crime prevention, peace studies and human development.
At a time of shrinking donor aid and the consequent spectre of increased competition within the NGO sector, the CSVR has placed a premium on building cooperation with other NGOs in the development and human rights fields. This has always been integral to the operations of the CSVR which has developed particularly close working relationships with a wide range of fellow NGOs.
This cooperation has tended to be most functional in specific sectors and, amongst many others the CSVR has been actively involved in:
Cooperative ventures and sharing of information and resources in the "conflict resolution" sector, particularly within the schools.
We have played a key initiating role in building a national network of service providers in the trauma counselling sphere and in relation to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Continued liaison with NGOs in the policing sector. In this context particular reference must be made to the uniquely successful inter-NGO training venture targeting the establishment of community-police forums initiated in 1995 and incorporating IDASA, IMSSA, Wilgespruit Fellowship Centre and others.
Cooperation with other NGOs in the prisons reform sector, largely facilitated by the Correctional Services Transformation Forum and our central participation in it, as well as within the Penal Reform Lobby Group.
Extensive joint lobbying, coordinated activities and mutual education and training between NGOs in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this sphere, other NGOs were heavily reliant on the CSVR which has clearly developed the most extensive programmes and sophisticated understanding of the TRC enterprise.
Sustained participation in a joint forum for NGOs or "Grant Funded Units" at the University of the Witwatersrand, seeking to secure better services, whilst limiting the levy on income taxed by the University.
The Centre continued to expand its media profile during 1995 and received wide public acknowledgement as a result. A number of CSVR staff members regularly appeared on South African and international television programmes and were even more prolific in giving expert opinions on both national and international radio. Liaison with the written media was also extensive both locally and internationally. The staff of the Centre view this media contact as one of the mechanisms through which we can inform and stimulate public debate and education. The CSVR has developed a significant profile and reputation amongst journalists in both the print and electronic media, both locally and abroad. It is our evaluation that the University of the Witwatersrand has continued to benefit substantially from the media profile of the Centre.
"Bereavement". In Ndebele NJ (Ed), Death of a Son, Viva Books, Johannesburg, (1995).
"Unfinished Business: Problems in our prisons continue", Crime & Conflict (1), (Autumn 1995).
"No Easy Route from SAP to SAPS", Sash, 37 (3), (1995).
"Truth and Reconciliation: Realising the ideals", Indicator SA, 12 (4), (1995).
Simpson G & van Zyl P
"Amnestie, Keine Amnestie: Die Kommission für Wahrheit und Versöhnung", Afrika Süd, (4), (1995).
Report on Correctional Services Tour to Denmark, Holland and Britain, August 1995.
Dissel A & Mnyani M
"Sentencing Options in South Africa". Social Justice Resource Project, Cape Town, (1995).
Dealing with the Past and the Psychology of Reconciliation: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a psychological perspective, (June 1995).
Do Sleeping Dogs Lie? The Psychological implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, (July 1995).
Alternative Policing Structures? A look at youth defence structures in Gauteng in 1995, (July 1995)
Challenges Facing the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union in 1995, (June 1995).
Community Policing, Human Rights and the Truth Commission, (July 1995).
Onward Marching Comrades: The career of the charterist movement in Diepkloof, Soweto, (July 1995).
Stresses in the South African Police Service, (June 1995).
"We are Fighting for the Liberation of our People": Justifications of violence by activist youth in Diepkloof, Soweto, (May 1995)
Marks M & Ali N
Our Boys in Blue Can Toyi-toyi Too: A look at labour relations in the SAPS as part of the public service, (June 1995).
Marks M & McKenzie P
Political Pawns or Social Agents? A look at militarised youth in South Africa, (September 1995).
Mdhluli D & Zwane W
Final Report of the Children and Violence Intervention Project: January 1994 - November 1995, (November 1995).
Development in Deeply Divided Communities, (29 September 1995).
Life After the Death Penalty: Different penal options to be considered in the light of the abolition of capital punishment, (June 1995).
Keeping the Wolves at Bay: Issues and concerns in establishing a witness protection programme in South Africa, (October 1995).
Investigation Units: The Teeth of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, (September 1995).
Police Community Study Tour to the Netherlands, (February 1995).
The Penal Reform Lobby Group (Dissel A, Mnyani M, Manby B et al)
The Alternative White Paper on Correctional Services. Johannesburg, (March 1995).
Community Policing and Governance, (7 July 1995).
Community Policing in Gauteng: Policy issues, (November 1995).
The Role of the Self-defence Units (SDUs) in a Changing Political Context, (January 1995).
Simpson GS & van Zyl P
South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, (April 1995).
The Pathway to Murder: A social psychological study of the evolution of violence in an industrial dispute, (March 1995).
"Focus on truth", Sowetan, (14 February 1995).
"Prison reform needed", Sowetan, (7 July 1995).
"A time to remember", Odyssey, 19 (4), (August/September 1995).
Ngubeni K & Rakgoadi P
"Transforming the internal stability unit", Servamus, (August 1995).
van Zyl P
"Hiding behind the truth", Mail & Guardian, 11 (4), 27 January - (2 February 1995.)
van Zyl P
"NGOs are now the 'New Opposition'", Mail & Guardian, 11 (32) (4 - 10 August 1995.)
van Zyl P & Kelly P
"Truth commission selection process was not soft", Business Day, (28 November 1995).
"Campaign for a Crime-free South Africa", Sunday Times, (8 January 1995).
"Violence Needs New Diagnosis", Star, (23 February 1995).
Hahn H & Segal L
Khulumani - Speak Out (video), (November 1995).
Truth and Reconciliation (comic), (November 1995).
"Prisoners Rights", Presentation to Wits University, Street Law Students, Johannesburg (August 1995).
"Dealing with the Past and the Psychology of Reconciliation: A Psychological Perspective on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Public Address at the 4th International Conference on Psychology and Peace, Cape Town (June 1995).
"The Structure and Function of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Presentation at: Dealing with the Past Workshop: Community and Advice Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Johannesburg (December 1995).
"Do Sleeping Dogs Lie? The Psychological Implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa", Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation Monthly Seminar Programme, No. 5, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"Mental Health Issues and the Structure and Function of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Workshop on Mental Health and the TRC hosted by the Kwazulu-Natal Programme for Survivors of Violence, Durban (October 1995).
"Mental Health Issues, the Structure and Function of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Role of Mental Health Professionals", Talk at the Family Life Centre, Johannesburg (November 1995).
"The Structure and Function of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Talk at PRIFEE, Pretoria (November 1995).
"Mental Health Care and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Presentation at: "Dealing with the Past and the Psychology of Reconciliation Workshop: A Mental Health Care Response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission", Conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Liberty Life Training Centre, Johannesburg (August 1995).
Hamber BE, Butchart A, Seedat M & Terre Blanche M
"From Violent Policy to Policies for Violence Prevention: Violence, Politics and Mental Health in Twentieth Century South Africa", Paper presented at the Regional Conference on Mental Health Policy, Cape Town (October 1995).
Hamber BE & Stauffer C
"Victim-Offender Mediation: Applicability to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Paper presented at The South African Association of Conflict Intervention Conference, Johannesburg (December 1995).
"Activities of the Trauma Clinic", JAFTA, Braamfontein (March 1995).
"Activities of the Trauma Clinic", Cape Town Trauma Clinic, Cape Town (April 1995).
"Family Violence, Effects on Victims", NISSA, Lenasia (April 1995).
"RAPE," Princess Alice Home for Adoption, Norwood (May 1995).
"Effects of Violence on Youth", Youth Alive Ministries Senior Group, Soweto (June 1995).
"Alcohol and Violence", National Drug Control Commission, Namibia (June 1995).
"Trauma & Family Violence", Jabavu Methodist Church, Soweto (August 1995).
"Challenges of Trauma Counselling in the South African Context", Conference for Counsellors, University of Durban Westville, Durban (August 1995).
"Stress Management", Presentation to a Women's Group, Braamfontein (September 1995).
"Rape Related Trauma", Presentation to Barnato Hall Female Residents. Wits University (October 1995).
"The importance of Trauma Counselling", Fidelity Guard Headquarters, Bryanston (November 1995).
"Neglect and Abuse of Children", Tswelopele Day Care Centre, Soweto (December 1995).
"Violence Against Children: What Women Should Do", Workshop for African Evangelical Church, West Rand Region (June 1995).
"Brief History of Violence in South Africa: How it Impacts on Women and Children", Seminar at Transact, Dutch Centre for Gender Issues on Health Care and Prevention of Sexual Violence, Netherlands (November 1995).
Mdhluli, D & Zwane, W
"The Impact of Violence on Children", Workshop for Women in Trade Unions, (May 1995).
Mdhluli, D & Zwane, W
"Corporal Punishment", Workshop for Primary Schools Principals and Inspectors, Mpumalanga (May 1995).
Mdhluli, D & Zwane, W
"Children and Violence: Issues for Parents", Workshop for Parents at Amatafini Primary School (October 1995).
Mdhluli, D & Zwane, W
"Children and Violence: Services Afford by the Children and Violence Intervention Project", Workshop for Zola Lutheran Church (September 1995).
"Life after the death penalty: Different penal options to be considered in the light of abolition of capital punishment", Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation Monthly Seminar Programme, No. 4 (June 1995).
"Challenges Facing Community Service Organisations in the Process of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Presentation at the Dealing with the Past Workshop: Community and Advice Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Johannesburg (December 1995).
"The Impact of Trauma and it's Management", Wits University Medical School 2nd year students, Johannesburg (May 1995).
"Trauma in the Classroom - the Role of the Guidance Teacher", Wits University M.ED Students: Specialised Education, Johannesburg (May 1995).
"Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Police Work", South African Police, Protea Police Station, Johannesburg (June 1995).
"Trauma in the Workplace", PEP Stores Managers Workshop, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"Trauma in the Classroom - A Teachers Response", presentation to B.ED Students, Wits University, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"Crisis Intervention", Wits University Medical School postgraduate students, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"Three Day Trauma Counselling and Debriefing Workshop", M.ED Psych Students, RAU, Johannesburg (September 1995).
"Workshop on Counselling Trauma Survivors", Catholic Woman's League, Johannesburg (October 1995).
Robertson, M & Simpson, G
"Understanding Violence-related Trauma and its Impact on the Working Environment", Presentation to Nampak Managers and Staff, Sandton (November 1995).
"Building Reconciliation in South Africa", paper presented to the Union of Jewish Women, Johannesburg (March 1995).
"Managing Development: Violence and Social Reconstruction in a Democratic South Africa", Gun Free South Africa Campaign Conference, Randburg (March 1995).
"Understanding Crime and Violence in South Africa After Apartheid", presentation to Synthesis Group, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"De-mystifying Violence and Reconciliation in Democratic South Africa", presentation to the Jewish Board of Deputies, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"The Role of NGOs in Dealing with Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa", presentation to Visions in Action Volunteers, Johannesburg (July 1995).
"Understanding Crime and Violence in South Africa", briefing presented to the National Business Initiative (NBI), Johannesburg (July 1995).
"Lessons from Bosnia", Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Monthly Seminar No. 6, Johannesburg (August 1995).
"The Impact of Violence and Crime on the Business Community in the Post Apartheid Era", presentation to Unilever Managers Group, Rawdons Hotel (September 1995).
"Crime in South Africa: The Challenge to Community Policing Models", presentation to the Overseas Development Administration (Special Project on the Eastern Cape), Pretoria (November 1995).
"Truth and Justice? Debating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission", presentation to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Women's Forum, Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg (November 1995).
"Healing the Wounds of War: The Limits and Possibilities of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission", presentation to Political Party Leadership, Sierra Leone (December 1995).
"Overcoming the Rural/Urban Divide: The Role of Traditional Leaders in Building Democracy", Address to Displaced Paramount Chiefs, Freetown, Sierra Leone (December 1995).
"Democratising the Civil Service: Lessons and Compromises from the South African Experience of Transition", Address to Senior Civil Servants, Freetown, Sierra Leone (December 1995).
"De-militarisation, Accountability and Transparency: Building Democracy through Transforming State Institutions - The Challenge Faced in South Africa", Address to Police Chiefs, Freetown, Sierra Leone (December 1995).
"Building Reconciliation After War: The Roles of NGOs and Civil Society in the South African Context", Presentation to NGO Leadership and Religious Leaders, Freetown, Sierra Leone (December 1995).
van Zyl, P
"The Strategic Role and Contribution of the Legal Profession", Paper presented at: Conference on Truth and Justice? The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Debates of Law and Morality, Cedar Park, Johannesburg (September 1995).
"Understanding Violence in South Africa", NICRO Johannesburg, (February 1995).
"Violence and the Self Defence Units on the East Rand", Gauteng Ministry of Education Johannesburg, (February 1995).
"Violence and the Non-formal Education Sector", Johannesburg Curriculum Forum Johannesburg, (February 1995).
"Understanding Violence in South Africa", Khanya College Johannesburg, (April 1995).
"Understanding Violence in South Africa", Witwatersrand Technikon Johannesburg, (August 1995).
"Violence and the Self Defence Units on the East Rand", SDU Summit at University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, (August 1995).
"Peace Education and the Identity of Youth", Educating for Peace Conference, Durban, (August 1995).
"Understanding Violence in South Africa", Holy Rosary School Edenvale, (September 1995).
"Understanding Violence in the School", St Mathews School, Rockville Soweto, (March 1995).
"Violence and Rape at School", Ngungunyane School, Soweto, (May 1996).
Sixteen workshops were conducted for the Alexandra Plenary Group of Survivors of Violence, 1st Avenue, Alexandra, (1995).
Three full day workshops for the Bekkersdal Peace Corps, Vereeniging (August 1995).
Three full day workshops for the Sebokeng Peace Corps Vereeniging (October 1995).
Five full day workshops for the Community Support Educators, Katorus, Berea (October & November 1995).