Marie Michael Library


Responding to Conflict : Pulling Together: community policing in the new South Africa


28 min.

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This film is about community efforts to build a new relationship between former adversaries in post-apartheid South Africa. It explores the role of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Daveyton, a township community in Benoni, South Africa. The well documented national process of negotiation between the political leadership and the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission did a lot to create the conditions for Peace. But on a community level, members of the police force and the liberation movements, sworn enemies intent on destroying one another, were faced with a different reality. It was up to structures like the CPF to bring together active members of the community and the South African Police Service in an attempt to redefine the role of the police force and the relationship between them. This film documents some of the challenges and some of the achievements within this process. The film is the third in a series examining practical action for conflict transformation and peacebuilding in Africa.