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CCS and the UKZN Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit Seminar: Elections 2019 and South Africa’s 25 years of Democracy "Where to from here?"

Speaker: Lukhona Mnguni
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2019
Time: 13:00-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN

The 2019 National and Provincial General Elections take place on the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy. It is an important year to reflect on the gains and losses that have been encountered over the last 25 years. The quarter of a century travelled began with much hope for the future with notions of “the rainbow nation” developed to announce the coming of nation building for the new South Africa. On the other hand the ethos of Ubuntu took centre stage in attempts to influence a new public service with the launching of a charter such as Batho Pele. Equally, the moment of launching the current constitution of 1996 with the speech “I am an African” by then deputy president Thabo Mbeki set the tone for South Africa’s future foreign policy outlook that culminated in the country’s pursuit, with other regional actors, of the African Renaissance. Yet, in recent times there are far bigger cries that the previous 9-10 years under the Zuma administration have been wasted. The charge is that significant gains have been reversed. Is this charge valid? How many gains were really made in the last 25 years within the context of the four main propositions of; nation building, public service, foreign policy and the Zuma years?

Speaker Bio:
Lukhona Mnguni is based at the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit in the School of Social Science as a PhD Research intern. He is a UKZN graduate, receiving his Bachelor of Community & Development Studies and his Honours in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies, both cum laude. He read for his MSc in Africa and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is currently one of the five Democracy Fellows for the Open Society Foundation – South Africa. With funding from the same organisation he is hosting the 2019 Election Watch Desk. Mnguni is an academic, activist and social commentator on a cross range of issues in various media platforms.

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