Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
7 October 2015

Godfrey Pitje Inaugural Memorial Lecture

General: Godfrey Pitje Inaugural Memorial Lecture

The Godfrey Pitje Inaugural Memorial Lecture, to be hosted by the Black Lawyers Association, will be delivered at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, on Friday (18:30 for 19:00) by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. The lecture will focus on the principles of the late Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje under the title ‘The life of Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje as a professional, activist, educator: Reflections to aspiring lawyers.’ For more information, contact Busani Mabunda, at busani@mabundainc.co.za or 082 964 4490.

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