Author: justinw

A burning issue: violence against women and children

On 12 September 2019, Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, presented the country’s crime statistics to Parliament’s police portfolio committee. He described the statistics as “not that rosy”. The statistics reveal an INCREASE in almost all categories of criminal offending. There were 21 022 murders in the 2018/19 financial year – 686 more than the previous …

Weathering the Corona storm

When President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on 11 March 2020 to prepare them for an extended period of lockdown in the face of the spread of the coronavirus, we all looked to the future with some uncertainty. The president immediately moved to stop all outsiders from entering the country’s prisons. Even family visits were …

School for International Training (SIT)

American Partnership For around 11 years, Phoenix Zululand has enjoyed a strong partnership with the School for International Training (SIT), based in Durban. SIT draws students from American Universities into a programme that allows for them to travel abroad for exposure, reconciliation and development studies. The exchanges involve group visits from the students to participate …

Goodbye to an old friend

Father Meshack Vilakazi – a supreme Anglican pastor and long-time facilitator for Phoenix Zululand – sadly passed away on 20 June 2020. We are so grateful for the work and example of Fr Meshack, performed in the Melmoth prison over many years. He worked with a great many groups, running programmes, doing assessments and offering …