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
8 October 2009

Public Lecture by Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on 13 October 2009

Prof Gerhard Lubbe, Dean of the Faculty of Law and

Prof Sandra Liebenberg, H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law,  University of Stellenbosch cordially invite you to a public lecture presented by:

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

Ubuntu, the Constitution and the Rights of Non-Citizens

Date & Time: Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6:30pm

Venue: J.C. de Wet Hall,  Old Main Building,

c/o Ryneveld and Victoria Street, Stellenbosch

Parking will be available in the Faculty parking lot

(entrance Victoria Street)

Refreshments will be served afterwards

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