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SANToC Vision Mission and Background Information
The South African No Torture Consortium (SANToC) is a national network consisting of 5 non-governmental organisations that provide psychosocial rehabilitation services to torture victims as part of their work, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Institute for Healing of Memories, Khulumani Support Group, Solidarity Peace Trust and the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture.


Societies that condemn torture and promote the healing of survivors of organized violence and torture

A community of organisations that serves as a critical resource for strengthening national initiatives for the prohibition and prevention of torture and the rehabilitation of torture survivors.

SANToC does this by co-ordinating and facilitating:
  • The expression of a collective advocacy voice
  • Capacity development
  • Knowledge generation, sharing and dissemination
  • Critical analysis and learning.
The SANToC co-ordinator, Sharon Vermaak can be contacted at or on 021-465 7373, or visit the blog by clicking here.

SANToC’s development
CSVR, in 2007, called a national meeting of organisations involved in torture rehabilitation in South Africa. There were very few organisations doing this work at the time but five organisations started meeting regularly. They developed a vision, mission and objectives and SANToC launched publicly on June 26th 2008 in Cape Town at the Slave Lodge. SANToC has continued to meet 4 times a year and conducted various activities between meetings.

SANToC’s role
SANToC is a co-ordinating and facilitating body while the member organisations are the “intervening” bodies.

SANToC uses its “bird’s eye view” of the torture rehabilitation sector to:
  • Strengthen the realisation of the member organisations’ existing goals with respect to torture-related work
  • To become more than the sum of its parts
Examples of the activities SANToC has carried out through its members are:
  1. The expression of a collective advocacy voice:
    e.g. organizing public events, releasing press statements, making submissions to parliament and government departments on the Combating of Torture Bill, the new ICD bill; participating in civil society forums such as the Human Rights Commission’s Section 5 committee on torture prevention etc.
  2. Capacity development:
    e.g. joint training on evidence based rehabilitation methods and advocacy; learning exchanges between member organisations; funding support for development of Monitoring & Evaluation systems in each member.
  3. Knowledge generation, sharing and dissemination:
    e.g. SANToC hosted two Round Table discussions with rehabilitation experts from Apartheid era. The information gained formed the basis for a researcher to write up multi-disciplinary training book on torture rehabilitation which will be used for training; SANToC has supported the members to collect statistics on number of torture victims accessing their services and collated these to produce national statistics.
  4. Critical analysis and learning:
    e.g. The SANToC co-ordinator has recorded the lessons learned in developing and maintaining a national consortium; the consortium continually reflects on its activities and the sector to develop more effective plans and interventions.

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Our problems may be great in South Africa but the spirit and strength of our people is quite extraordinary.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, patron of The Trauma Centre

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