Understanding active citizenship in the light of protest

Mature democracies allow for citizens to participate in decision-making processes and take collective action. Idasa looks at what’s behind the increasing number of protests in South Africa and asks how citizen agency has contributed to the deepening of democracy. “The issue of violent protests does not lie in education (or lack thereof) but in power relations. Politicians have tended to manipulate the right to protest by taking advantage of people’s grievances to pursue their own agendas and motives. The elite and powerful have the resources and platforms to organise protests more easily than communities. This leads to inter-ethnic violence, political and social protests organised by individuals who wish to pursue their desire for power.” Read more here and have your say

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