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Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation.  This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.

KHAMPEPE J and THERON J
Public Protector v South African Reserve Bank (CCT107/18) [2019] ZACC 29 (22 July 2019)
8 January 2010

Book announcement: “Walk with us and listen: Political reconciliation in Africa”

Walk with us and listen: Political reconciliation in Africa

Author: C Villa Vicencio

ISBN: 978-1-91989-530-7

Size: 225 x 152mm

Extent: 224 pages

Format: Soft cover

Pub date: September 2009

Recommended Retail Price: R220 (incl. VAT)

Effective peace agreements are rarely accomplished by idealists. The process of moving from situations of entrenched oppression, armed conflict and open warfare towards peace and reconciliation requires a series of small steps and compromises to open the way for the kind of dialogue and negotiation that makes political stability, the beginning of democracy and the rule of law a possibility. For over 40 years, Charles Villa-Vicencio has been on the front lines of Africa’s battle for racial equality. In Walk with Us and Listen, he argues that reconciliation needs honest talk to promote trust-building and enable former enemies and adversaries to explore joint solutions to the cause of their conflicts. He offers a critical assessment of the South African experiment in transitional justice as captured in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and considers the influence of ubuntu, in which individuals are defined by their relationships, and other traditional African models of reconciliation. Political reconciliation is offered as a cautious model against which transitional politics needs to be measured. Villa-Vicencio challenges those who stress the obligation to prosecute those allegedly guilty of gross violation of human rights, replacing this call with the need for more complementarity between the International Criminal Court and African mechanisms to achieve the greater goals of justice and peace-building.

Contents Abbreviations Introduction A Theoretical Prologue: Affinities and Tensions in Debate Chapter 1: An African Journey Chapter 2: Shared Peace Chapter 3: From Encounter to Settlement Chapter 4: National Conversation Chapter 5: Ubuntu Chapter 6: African Traditional Reconciliation Practices Chapter 7: Why Reconciliation is Important Chapter 8: Seeking Consensus Recommended for Students and practitioners in law, human rights, transitional justice, politics and international relations.

About the author

Charles Villa-Vicencio is a visiting research fellow at The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and executive consultant at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa. He was executive director of the Institute from 2000-2007. He was also national research director of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is the author or editor of 18 books, including A Theology of Reconstruction: Nation-Building and Human Rights and The Spirit of Freedom: South African Leaders on Religion and Politics.

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