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Sheena St Clair Jonker

Display name: Sheena St Clair Jonker
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I am an academic lawyer, professional peacemaker, practioner of alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice, a human rights activist, wife, mom, swimmer, SSI level 1 free diver. I teach and practice peacemaking through the pursuit of non-adversarial justice. Founder of the Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa and ADR Network SA. I am available to do public speaking, lobbying, activism and writing. I also provide dispute resolution services primarily through mediation and managed corporate dialogue. I have a high appetite for the impossible, for building bridges, and seeing light break into dark places. Email me on and check out

Over the past two days the presence of Cyril Ramaphosa at the Marikana Inquiry has held a significant presence in the news.

I blog in peace. And I blog from a very cold, wet and rainy Cape Town.

Yesterday was the first day of cross-examination of Oscar, and it was a stark representation of why I am opposed to the adversarial system in civil justice and the accusatorial system in criminal justice as the best means to accomplish justice.

Elections are coming up on 7 May this year and all hell seems to be breaking loose. There seems to be a feeding frenzy of political parties scoring shots off opponents’ weaknesses.

The system is also strongly about the rules of play. We have an artificial system of evidence as opposed to a free system of evidence.

Here is the truth: at this point, no one knows the truth, but you. You are the custodian of what really happened on the night of Valentine’s day last year.

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