Building Democratic Societies – 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 risinglevels of violent protests in towns across the country speak to the increasing levels offrustration among the poor, who seemingly have no stake in our democracy.Has democratic politics been hijacked by the ruling and opposition parties? Why are ordinarycitizens’ protests characterized by violence? How much capacity do ordinary South Africanshave to extract accountable and effective governance? Why are critical issues of nationalimportance only debated within the ruling Alliance and the Opposition? How do we shift thediscourse towards the real issues affecting citizens?If you have strong views on these issues, please join us for the first in our Building DemocraticSocieties debate series.

Date: Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm

Place: IDASA, 6 Spin street Cape Town

RSVP: Tanya Shanker: by 30 April 2010

(Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.)


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