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
9 September 2010

Invitation: Public Lecture by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

The Chief Justice of South Africa, the Hon. Mr Justice Sandile Ngcobo, will deliver the first Claude Leon public lecture on the topic:

“The importance of public confidence in the judiciary in South Africa”

Date: Thursday 16th September

Time: 17h30

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

Please join us afterwards for drinks and snacks

RSVP: Rene 021 650 3072 or Rene.Francke@uct.ac.za

Sponsored by Juta Publisher

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