News: social justice

  • Story

    Disaster triggers solidarity rather than disruption among South Africans

    South Africans have been found to tend towards flocking instead of taking flight as a resilience response. This is according to Professor Liesel Ebersöhn, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria (UP) and Director of the University’s Centre for the Study of Resilience.

  • Video

    Documentary: Freedom from violence

    In 2020, we watched Black Lives Matter protests unfold across the world as a reaction to police brutality in the USA. Researchers at the Faculty of Law were instrumental in drafting the UN standards on the use of force by police. In this documentary, Professor Christof Heyns and his team take us through what inspired them to lead the way and how less lethal force could be used by police.

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    Looking back in time - An Impossible Return

    Data – in multiple forms – informs stories, and stories shape the things we study. In this case, the acclaimed late South African sculptor David Brown helped UP academic and filmmaker Dr Siona O’Connell reshape one of her studies of forced removals.

  • Video

    Documentary: Uitgesmyt (Cast Out)

    Uitgesmyt - cast out - is a documentary by Dr Siona O'Connell which tells the story of the first land restitution case in South Africa.

  • Video

    Documentary: 'An impossible return'

    Data in multiple forms informs stories, and stories shape the things we study. In this case, the acclaimed late South African sculptor David Brown helped UP academic and filmmaker Dr Siona O'Connell reshape one of her studies of forced removals.

  • Infographic

    What was the impact of the forced removals in Harfield Village?

    At a 2015 meeting with O'Connell, Brown shared photographs he had taken when he was a student at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. The pictures (illustrated in this article), were taken in the 1970s and show members of a community living in Harfield Village, in Cape Town's southern suburbs.

  • Stories

    Heritage: Finding your way back home after being 'uitgesmyt'

    The story centres on the coloured community in Elandskloof, in the picturesque Cederberg region of the Western Cape. The community was forcibly and violently removed from this area in 1962 when, as a result of the Group Areas Act of 1950,

  • Stories

    UP researchers draft new UN standards on use of force by police

    The United Nations in Geneva has released global standards on the use of force by the police worldwide. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet welcomed the new United Nations Human Rights Guidance on the Use of Less-Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement and urged all states to follow it.

  • Gallery

    The treasures of Mapungubwe

    The Mapungubwe Golden Rhino is believed to have been made between 1220 and 1290.

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