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
27 February 2013

Invitation: Justice Zak Yacoob delivers Claude Leon Human Rights Lecture

 Invitation – All Welcome

The Dean of Law, Professor P.J. Schwikkard, takes pleasure in inviting you to the annual Claude Leon Constitutional Governance lecture to be given by:

Retired Constitutional Court Justice, the Hon. Mr Justice Yacoob

“Freedom of expression versus Democracy?”

Date: Thursday 14 March 2013

Time: 18:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT

RSVP: Rene on tel. 021 650 3072 or via e-mail Rene.Francke@uct.ac.za

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