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Title:Violence-What is to Be Done?
Author:Schlemmer, Lawrence
Periodical:South Africa International
Geographic term:South Africa
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:Politically related killings represent an immense human tragedy in South Africa. Some 8,000 people have died in political violence since the beginning of 1990. The author compares the records of various agencies in South Africa which are involved in monitoring violence with his own press clippings, and information from the South African Police Internal Stability Unit, and arrives at a rough rank order of seriousness of different kinds of violence and causes of deaths. Heading the list is generalized fighting between antagonistsic groups or factions. His rather tentative exploration of political violence suggests that no one party is solely to blame. Nor can it all be ascribed to a 'third force', or agents provocateurs. Solutions to the violence lie with community-based policing, the commitment to and active intervention of political leaders in local disputes, and sensitive and balanced media coverage. If these strategies fail a new kind of state of emergency, overseen by an impartial tribunal with powers of detention, will be the last resort. Sum.