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
19 September 2011

Invite to Lecture by DCJ Dikgang Moseneke

Invitation to Claude Leon Human Rights Lecture

UCT Law Faculty invites you to the second annual Claude Leon Human Rights Lecture to be delivered by

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

on 29 September 2011 at 17:30 in LT1 in the Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, UCT, on the topic:

“Striking a balance between the will of the people and the supremacy of the constitution.”

Snacks and drinks will be served after the lecture. Please RSVP to Rene Francke at 021 6503072 or rene.francke@uct.ac.za

SPONSORED BY JUTA PUBLISHERS

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