The Centre for Civil Society invites you to the seminar Durban politics stressed to break-point by Patrick Bond,  Bandile Mdlalose, Shauna Mottiar, Themba Mchunu and China Ngubane.

Date: Friday, 5 December 2014
Time: 12h30 – 16h00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, UKZN

The extreme contradictions in South African politics are no more obvious than in Durban and surrounds. As tension mounts over the failings of state and capital all over the country, and as government and Alliance loyalists close ranks, stress is quickly being transferred downwards. In KwaZulu-Natal province, local politicians, community activists and labour leaders are periodically assassinated, tortured or harsassed. The backlash against dissenters moves from sites like Glebelands Hostel through Cato Manor and other townships, to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA offices and even the UKZN Centre for Civil Society. Resistance has been patchy, as activists continue working within ‘silos’: in specialised NGOs, localist community organisations, up-and-down social movements and trade unions that have so far failed to connect the dots. But in recent weeks, looking hard within the ashes of the destruction of liberation dreams, we have seen flickering embers of hope. Will the revival of progressive civil society include a ‘United Front’ – whose initial Durban gathering in mid-November received the endorsement of 41 community organisations and more than 1000 metalworkers? Is it time for unity of progressive civil society, at last?

Aside from Bandile Mdlalose (Community Justice Movement leader) and Themba Mchunu (Numsa regional education officer), the presenters are from the UKZN Centre for Civil Society; four authored articles about community politics in the political science journal Politikon this month.


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