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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 sheena@accesstojustice.co.za and check out www.adr-networksa.co.za

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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