Upcoming Event: “Helen Zille: South Africa’s narrow path between liberal principles and leftist populism”

Helen_Zille_Promo-BildThursday, 6 November 2014

19.00-21.00h

Registration: 18:30h

Reception: 20:30-21:00h

Venue: Bibliothèque Solvay, Parc Léopold, Belliardstraat 137, 1040 Brussel

About the event

Helen Zille, Leader of the South African Democratic Alliance and Premier of Western Cape Province, has been an outspoken advocate for civil and political rights all her life. In her early days as a political correspondent for Rand Daily Mail, she exposed the cover-up of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko’s death.

In her political career as former Mayor of the city of Cape Town and current leader of the Democratic Alliance and Deputy President of Liberal International, Zille continues to challenge the ruling government of President Zuma on a number of issues, from corruption and cronyism to backtracking on much needed economic liberalization reforms. The Democratic Alliance won 22% of votes in the general elections this past May.

In recognition of Zille’s lifework in the name of freedom, the liberal politician was awarded the Friedrich Naumann Freedom Prize. Prior to the award ceremony in Frankfurt on 8. November, Zille will speak and answer questions in Brussels.

 

Speakers

Welcome

Hans H. Stein, Director International Political Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Opening Remarks

Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Chair of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Gwendolyn Rutten, Leader of Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (Open VLD)

Keynote
Helen Zille, Premier of Western Cape Province, Leader of the South African Democratic Alliance, Vice President of Liberal International

Discussion with
Angelika Mlinar MEP, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Moderator

Hubertus von Welck, Regional Director for Africa, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

 

Kindly register by 4 November 2014 via http://tinyurl.com/HelenZille-6Nov2014 or email register.brussels@fnst.org. Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.