Restorative justice can help us deal with the aftermath of the looting: Is an amnesty appropriate?

Photo: Residents and taxi drivers held a peaceful protest against looting and taxi violence on 19 July 2021 in Vrygond, Capricorn and Lavender Hill ,Cape Town. (Photo: Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)This article was published by The Daily Maverick and can be found here21 July 2021 Applying the principles of restorative justice in our approach..

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A reflection on Vuyani Vellem’s longing for liberation: A spirituality of life and freedom

Vuyani Vellem was insistent on fostering a spirituality that could ground and sustain resistance of death as expressed in multiple unfreedoms, and the quest for life and freedom in abundance. After naming a number of themes evident in the life of Vuyani – ranging from racism and pigmentocracy to the managerialist university and the shackled..

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Discerning a theological agenda for spatial justice in South Africa: An imperative for sustained reconciliation – Stephan de Beer

A spatial turn has occurred in various disciplines over the past decades. This article holds that it has not occurred in a similar decisive manner in theological discourse and not in South Africa in particular. After considering the necessity of a spatial turn and spatial consciousness, the article examines the concept of spatial justice against the backdrop of..

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Leibniz, Lefebvre and the spatial turn in law – Isolde de Villiers

This contribution takes as its point of departure the spatial turn in law and the notion of spatial justice. It traces the term ‘spatial justice’ as introduced through the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act and it looks at the underlying view of space that has influenced the spatial turn in law. It furthermore..

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Spaces of alienation: Dispossession and justice in South Africa – Petrus T. Delport; Tshepo Lephakga

Theories and philosophies of space and place have seen a rise in prominence in recent times, specifically in the disciplines of theology, law and philosophy. This so-called spatial turn in contemporary theory is one that attempts to think through the vicissitudes and conceptual lineages related to the existence of space as both a physical and a social reality...

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Interrupting separateness, disrupting comfort: An autoethnographic account of lived religion, ubuntu and spatial justice – John Eliastam

This article uses a fictionalised encounter as the basis for an autoethnographic exploration of the intersections between the South African social value of ubuntu and the notion of spatial justice. Ubuntu describes the interconnectedness of human lives. It asserts that a person is only a person through other people, a recognition that calls for deep respect, empathy and..

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The transformation of the city of Zion: From decadence to justice and prophetic hope (Is. 1:1–2:5) – Alphonso Groenewald

This article focuses on the story of the transformation of the city called Zion. Isaiah 1:1–2:5 is the key to the book. This chapter describes the failure of Israel to be the people of God: Israel’s covenant breach, a corrupted cult and imminent punishment. It tells of the existence of two groups within Israel: the righteous remnant who..

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How does justice smell? Reflections on space and place, justice and the body – Jacob Meiring

Flowing from a joint consultation on Spatial Justice and Reconciliation on 21–22 September 2015, hosted by the Centre for Contextual Ministry and the Ubuntu Research Project of the University of Pretoria, this article reflects on the notions of space and justice from the perspective of a contemporary theological anthropology as ‘embodied sensing’, where the making of..

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Facing our whiteness in doing Ubuntu research. Finding spatial justice for the researcher – Julian Müller; Sheila Trahar

In this article, the two authors, academics from different contexts and both aware of their whiteness, focus on their own vulnerable selves. The aim is to reflect on their specific agency in this project and to create awareness for subjectivity in research. What are the challenges of two white academics – the one from a first world country..

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The parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23): Breaking down boundaries and discerning a theological–spatial justice agenda – Ernest Van Eck; Wayne Renkin; Ezekiel Ntakirutimana

The parable of the Feast (Lk 14:16b–23) is perhaps the example par excellence in the New Testament that addresses spatial justice and reconciliation. In the parable, Jesus advocates for the eradication of all boundaries linked to the social–economic status of the marginalised. The parable argues, from a social justice perspective, that there is no such thing as..

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