Godfrey Maringira is a VolkswagenStiftung Foundation postdoctoral fellow based at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His main areas of research include army desertions in Africa, the ethnography of war in post-colonial Africa, and peacebuilding initiatives in Africa. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of the Western Cape. He is a recipient of an APN 2014 individual research grant, as well as Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa 2012 doctoral dissertation completion fellowship.

Research and Practice | April 13, 2016

Congolese Soldiers as Victims: Military Prosecution and Punishment

“Some soldiers are victimized by the very military they serve through court martial proceedings that often delay prosecution and then serve up an unfair and tedious process. What is needed at the policy level is independent civilian jurisdiction to prosecute soldiers who commit offenses.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on June 5, 2014. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/14549777252/in/album-72157626263145325/
A member of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).
Research and Practice | April 23, 2015

Journeys of Peace: Ex-combatants from Azania People’s Liberation Army in South Africa

“This essay summarizes the conclusions drawn from a study funded by the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council. It seeks to explore the ways in which ex-combatants make the transition from the use of violence to peace. These conclusions challenge the view that ex-combatants have continued to be violent in post-apartheid South Africa, and they establish that, even though ex-combatants have held onto their military skills, they are peaceful citizens.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Stuart Price via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on May 24, 2012. This photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Image was cropped to fit frame. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/8072105386/in/set-72157626263145325
Soldiers walk at dusk under a rising crescent moon.