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
16 May 2016

Discussion on appointment of new Public Protector

Appointment processes and our Chapter 9 Institutions

The Goedgedacht Forum and the Institute of Security Studies invite you to join Professor Pierre de Vos (Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance, Dept. of Public Law UCT)  and David Lewis (Executive Director, Corruption Watch) in a discussion facilitated by Judith February (senior research associate, ISS).

Chapter 9 institutions are an important part of our politics and have a vital role to play in the deepening of democracy.  They constitute an integral part of the checks and balances needed to ensure that the different arms of government are kept in balance.  Recent events have shown just how important these institutions are.  In order that they are empowered to do their work, we need to continually look at not only the work that they do, but also that they are properly resourced and that their institutional structures are strengthened.  Please join us to add your voice to this important discussion.

Event information

Date:            24th May 2016

Time:             9:30 am for 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue:          Spin Street, Cape Town

Please RSVP before 20th May 2016 to Felicity Harrison: felicity@gforum.co.za  

 

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