n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Violence as a form of communication : making sense of violence in South Africa

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


This article explores the meaning of violence in South African society against the backdrop of its violent past. Using a perspective suggested by H.W. van de Merwe and Sue Williams in an article in 1987 - understanding violence as a form of communication - the article seeks to analyse how the persistence and scale of violence can be understood as a legacy of our past. This approach can also help foster spaces for more constructive engagement with those who resort to violence in the face of the society's failure to provide effective channels for more constructive communication.

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