Original Research

Endogenous conflict resolution mechanisms of the San people at Platfontein

M Y Gebregeorgis
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 10, No 4 | a90 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v10i4.90 | © 2014 M Y Gebregeorgis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 February 2016 | Published: 30 December 2014

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M Y Gebregeorgis, Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to explore the endogenous conflict resolution mechanisms and practices of the San people at Platfontein, South Africa. To this end, data were collected from 304 interviews and 26 focus group discussions. The collected data were analysed through Inductive Thematic Analysis. The findings show that the San people have endogenous conflict resolution mechanisms which basically aim at restoring peace and harmony within the community. The endogenous mechanisms were found to be fairly participatory and supplementary to the state machineries that work for justice, peace and harmony. However, the conflict resolution mechanisms of the San people are currently weakening due to the impact of modernisation and the leadership dispute among the sub-groups of the community.

Keywords

conflict; dispute; endogenous; Platfontein; San

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