Who is heard in the Democratic South Africa?

You are warmly invited to the first debate in the Idasa series
“Building Democratic Societies”:

Who is heard in the Democratic South Africa?

In recent years public discourse has been increasingly dominated by the politics within the elites, while political spaces for ordinary citizens to participate have been reduced. The rising levels of violent protests in towns across the country speak to the increasing levels of frustration among the poor, who seemingly have no stake in our democracy.

Has democratic politics been hijacked by the ruling and opposition parties?

Why are ordinary citizens’ protests characterized by violence?

How much capacity do ordinary South Africans have to extract accountable and effective governance?

Why are critical issues of national importance only debated within the ruling Alliance and the Opposition?

How do we shift the discourse towards the real issues affecting citizens?

If you have strong views on these issues, please join us for the first in our Building Democratic Societies debate series.

Date: Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm
Place: Idasa’s Cape Town Democracy Centre, 6 Spin Street Cape Town

RSVP: Tanya Shanker: tshanker@idasa.org.za
(Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.)

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