ISBN 9781779220394
Pages 320
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2005
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Zimbabwe. Injustice and Political Reconciliation

edited by Brian Raftopoulos, Tyrone Savage

International debate on Zimbabwe’s recent history and present political crisis is heated: some Zimbabweans have called on South Africa to influence political change in their country; South Africa stands accused of responding to the Zimbabwe crisis in relation to its own agenda; and western pressure on Zimbabwe to address the human rights and humanitarian conundrum is heavily compromised by historical legacy, particularly by Britain’s role in conquest and post-colonial dominance. Amidst these debates, it is importance that the insights and perspectives of Zimbabweans are heard.

Zimbabwe: Injustice and Political Reconciliation brings together an array of commentators who chart patterns of historical injustice and consider a range of options for what may be termed a politics of justice and reconciliation, with the ultimate goal of sustainable peace. Justice is explored as an inclusive, restorative process. Reconciliation is understood as a political strategy to build civic trust, a human rights culture and economic transformation. The contributors stress the need for careful thought, listening, generosity of spirit and courageous action. Equally, they demand concrete goals, and a pragmatic approach that views reconciliation as the only alternative to more authoritarianism and violence in the face of a violent and divided history.

The collection of papers was originated by The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa, which worked for a period of some eighteen months to facilitate debate amongst a group of Zimbabwean scholars, analysts and activists to outline a principled and pragmatic way forward for the country.

The contributors, from Zimbabwe and South Africa, include Robert Muponde, Karin Alexander, Brian Kagoro and James Muzondidya.

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About the Editors

Brian Raftopoulos

Professor Brian Raftopoulos is a leading Zimbabwean scholar and activist. Formally an Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, he moved to Cape Town at the end of March 2006 and is currently the Director of Research and Advocacy in the Solidarity Peace Trust, an NGO dealing with human rights issues in Zimbabwe. He has published widely on Zimbabwean history, labour history, historiography, politics, and economic issues. Currently he is coordinating a book on the History of Zimbabwe with a group of Zimbabwean historians, as well as working on a study of The State and the Labour Question in Zimbabwe: 1945-2005. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies. In addition, Brian Raftopoulos has been a civic activist in Zimbabwe over the last decade. He was a member of the founding Task Force of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) 1998-2000, the editor of the NCA journal Agenda from 1999-2001, as well as the first Chair of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition from 2001-2003.

Tyrone Savage

Tyrone Savage is Head of Research and Analysis in Transitional Justice, Africa Programme, at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town.

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