Upcoming event: “South Africa – a failed state?”

FlaggeThursday, 3 September 2015, 12.00-14.00

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

In the last few years, South Africa has been making international headlines for all the wrong reasons. In 2012, the world was presented with harrowing footage of South African police as they gunned down miners during a protest in Marikana, resulting in the death of 44 people.

Earlier this year, the South African government blatantly ignored a court order to prevent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, from leaving South Africa after attending the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg.

Where is the country headed? Is South Africa likely to go the way of its neighbouring state, Zimbabwe, or can the ship be turned around?

Dr Frans Cronje will outline possible scenarios for the country looking at political, social and economic trends while Kameel Premid will discuss the state of South Africa’s fragile rule of law in the context of the Helen Suzman Foundation’s litigation work.


Hans H. Stein
Director European and Transatlantic Dialogue Programme
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom


Frans Cronje
Chief Executive Officer
South African Institute of Race Relations

Kameel Premid
Legal Researcher
Helen Suzman Foundation


Cecelia Kok
Project Officer South Africa
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Kindly register for this event until 2 September at http://tinyurl.com/SAfailedstate. Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly, please send an email to register.brussels@fnst.org. 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.

Picture: Springs Adviser