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Zimbabwe's Election Preparations and Civil Society Politics, 10 May

Speaker: China Ngubane, Joy Mabenge and Tafadzwa Maguchu
Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 601, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Topic: Zimbabwe's electoral preparations are moving quickly. Activists have been bitterly divided between political strategies, including whether to support a flawed constitution in the interests of a potential free and fair election. That election is under negotiation but may happen during the winter. Robert Mugabe's 33 years in power may come to an end, but polls are inclusive given loss of Movement for Democratic Change credibility in a dysfunctional government of national unity. What way forward for social justice, democracy, gender equity and so many other areas of civic struggle?
Speakers: China Ngubane is a University of South Africa politics student, a local social justice organiser, and coordinator of the Dennis Brutus Community Scholar programme at CCS. Joy Mabengwe and Tafadzwa Maguchu are Johannesburg representatives of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition; Mabengwe holds a masters from Manchester University, Maguchu holds an honours in development studies from Midlands State University and a diploma in leadership from Africa University in Mutare. Ngubane, Mabenge and Maguchu have all recently surveyed the state of civil society activism back home.

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