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The San values of conflict prevention and avoidance in Platfontein

Nina Mollema
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 13, No 1 | a429 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v13i1.429 | © 2017 Nina Mollema | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2017 | Published: 29 September 2017

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Nina Mollema, Department of Criminal and Procedural Law, University of South Africa, South Africa


The aim of this article is to identify measures that can prevent violent conflict through the maintenance of traditional cultural values that guide conflict avoidance. Moreover, the article focuses on the concepts of conflict prevention and conflict avoidance as applied by the San community of Platfontein. The causes of the inter-communal tensions between the San community members are also examined. A selected conflict situation, that of superstition and witchcraft, is assessed as factors increasing interpersonal conflict in the Platfontein community. This investigation is made to determine if the San preventive measures have an impact in the community, so as to prevent ongoing conflicts from escalating further.


conflict prevention; conflict avoidance; San; dispute; cultural values; witchcraft


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