Quote of the week

In the current crisis another shark has been on people’s minds. In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak quite a few commentators compared Trump to the fictional mayor in Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s mayor refuses at first to accept that a shark is responsible for the fatal attacks – he claims the first was a boating accident. When the evidence becomes hard to refute he still declines to shut the resort. Only when another swimmer gets chewed up on 4 July does he finally accept that he needs to call in the professionals. It’s all rather Trumpian. But only one politician has actually cited the actions of the mayor from Jaws as a model of crisis management, and it isn’t Trump. Boris Johnson used to tease audiences by suggesting that ‘the real hero of Jaws was the mayor, a wonderful politician.

David Runciman
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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