Batons or Ballots Opening Remarks

Prof Kader Asmal addresses Public Dialogue

On November 11th, the SA Reconciliation Barometer project hosted a Public Dialogue in Cape Town, on the topic of ‘Batons or Ballots: Pursuing active citizenship and an interactive state.’

Below, we share the opening remarks made by panelists at the Dialogue:

Kader Asmal, Professor Extraordinary at the University of the Western Cape, spoke on constitutional democracy and the importance of a vibrant civic culture. More…

Dr. Ralph Mgijima, Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, discussed the need for broader consultation and participation beyond law-making in parliament, and across the public service. More

Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane, CEO of the SA Human Rights Commission, addressed the lack of citizen confidence in public institutions, and ways that these institutions can be made more effective. More

Deputy Public Protector Mamiki Shai raised fundamental challenges to broad public participation in South Africa, and suggested strategies for encouraging more active citizenship. More

A full report of the dialogue will be available soon.

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