Are South Africans failing to claim their Democracy?

You are warmly invited to the third and final public debate in the Idasa series

“Building Democratic Societies”:

Are South Africans failing to claim their Democracy?

South Africa has enjoyed relatively high levels of electoral participation since the advent of democracy in 1994. However, despite these high levels of participation, South Africa continues to be a highly unequal society with an ever widening gap between the elite and the poor. Vested political and economic interests have seemingly become the main driver of our body politic.

Can ordinary citizens bridge this gap and break those vested interests?

Have we delegated our democracy to political parties and vested economic interests?

Is the country asleep while the elite contests issues of national importance, seemingly on our behalf?

How can South Africans add substance to their votes?

How do citizens build broad civil society coalitions to act in the public interest and democracy?

If you have strong views on these issues, please join us and participate in the third and final installment of our Building Democratic Societies debate series.

Date: Tuesday, 18 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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