RJC is passionate about the value that restorative justice, conflict transformation and peacebuilding have for South Africa at the present time. To this end we promote better understanding of these concepts wherever possible and work for increased implementation of related services. We are convinced that they can help us address the progression from conflict to violence and to crime that we see so often.
The Restorative Justice Centre approach is inspired by a unique blend of perspectives from the Christian tradition and academic disciplines, as well as developments in the fields of conflict transformation, peace studies, criminology, social work and law. We understand restorative justice as being part of the tradition of non-violence. This blend shapes our unique identity as a professional faith based organisation.
Promoting peacebuilding through restorative justice and conflict transformation policies.
Create a peaceful society in which communities value peace building and constructive resolution of conflict by caring about one another and fostering individual social well-being.
RJC Board Members
Richard is an experienced business leader with over 20 years’ involvement in the telecommunications industry over a wide range of technology and business areas. He is currently the Executive for Strategy at Telkom South Africa, having previously worked for the CSIR, Siemens, Nokia, Deloitte and Accenture. He has been on the RJC Board since 2013 and took over the chair in April 2021. He also serves as deacon at Waterkloof Baptist Church. He is married with two daughters.
Phumzile is a retired Senior Bank Manager and a former member of the IPM and IODSA. He currently serves as a member of the Ethics committee. He joined the RJC Board in 2018. He is married with three children.
Bokellang is development practitioner and has vast experience in grant management, project and programme management. She currently works for Dept. of Higher Education and training heading a unit responsible for project funding and management. She was previously a board member of Khulisa Social Solutions and has been part of the RJC Board since 2018. She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Rufus is a practising advocate at the Pretoria bar. He is a former prosecutor, magistrate, law lecturer and Chief Director of Legal Services He has been part of RJC governance since 2004, including serving as chairperson from 2013-2021. He also serves on the boards of El NISSI Global Ministries and Heartlines. He has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Mike is a registered social worker and co-founder and CEO of the Restorative Justice Centre. Within this context he has played a pioneering role in bringing restorative justice into the criminal justice system and public discourse, and in developing associated services in South Africa. He was recognised as an Ashoka Fellow for this work.
He has published several book chapters and journal articles on restorative justice, some of which have been quoted in superior court judgements. He was part of the group of experts that reviewed the UN Basic Guidelines for Restorative Justice in November 2017. He developed a strategy for strengthening child justice in Eswatini in 2019. He is married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Ntombi is a registered social worker and supervises RJC case workers. Through her career, Ntombi has contributed her expertise in both the public and private sector – engaging in conflict mediation and facilitating social cohesion dialogues with various organisations including the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Africa Unite. Ntombi has worked extensively in trauma counselling especially with survivors of gender based violence; and her passion to bring about positive change in society led to her co-facilitating at Intergenerational Leadership Forums initiated by the UNESCO Chair; this was where her commitment to influencing leadership development was solidified. Her career advanced in leadership development through The Institute of Directors Southern Africa, in her role as Director Development Manager and she later was certified as an Ethics Officer by Stellenbosch University and the Ethics Institute.
Buyi is a registered Social Worker and and supervises RJC case workers. She works as an Independent Consultant and has over 30 years’ experience in working with children, youth, families and communities. Her area of specialty is children’s rights and protection, for which she received recognition with the “Make a Difference Award” by Nelson Mandela for being a member of a cabinet-appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee on Young People at Risk in South Africa. She is also highly experienced in policy development and legislative reform. She has been at the forefront of the development of restorative justice in direct practice and training.