Upcoming Event: South Africa: a captured state – on the couch with Lindiwe Mazibuko

Copyright: https://www.flickr.com/Celso Flores CC BY 2.0, no changes made
Copyright: flickr.com/Celso Flores CC BY 2.0, no changes made

7 November 2016, 12.00h-14.00h

Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

South Africa is going through turbulent times. Earlier this year, the Constitutional Court of South Africa found that President Jacob Zuma had violated his oath of office when he failed to pay for upgrades to his private residence out of his own pocket as required by law.

The country has also been witnessing something akin to a public war between President Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with seemingly baseless criminal charges laid against Gordhan. The most recent scandal to make headlines is that South Africa has begun a withdrawal process from the International Criminal Court.

Added to this backdrop are burning universities due to violent student protests, youth unemployment hovering at over 60% and a GDP growth forecast of 0.1%.

Can South Africa’s democratic institutions weather the storms they have been facing and continue to face? Can they survive to enable a democratic handing over of power in one of the next national elections? And on this note, have the August 2016 local government elections changed South
Africa’s political landscape?

Lindiwe Mazibuko gives us her take.

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

Lindiwe Mazibuko
Former Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance (Official Opposition),
Public speaker, writer, mentor, South Africa

Cecelia Kok
Head of Research and Advocacy Projects, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, South Africa
Kindly register for this event by 4. November 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/capturedstateSA.

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