The School of Social Sciences, Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit and Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal invite you to a seminar:

The April 7th Protests

Speakers: Lubna Nadvi, Lukhona Mnguni and Shauna Mottiar

Date: Thursday 20 April, 2017

Time: 12h30-14h00

Venue: CCC Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN


On the 7th of April 2017 there were mass protests in most of South Africa’s main centres in response to calls by opposition party the Democratic Alliance and various civil society organisations such as the Save South Africa Campaign, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the Active Citizens Movement. These protest spaces however included participation by movements such as the Black First Land First movement and political parties such as the ANC Youth League.

The protest action was organised under a broad banner of state capture and corruption within government following the recent cabinet re-shuffle ( These claims are however refuted by the ANC Youth League who believe that the re-shuffle reflects President Zuma’s commitment to radical economic transformation (

A number of narratives have surfaced around the 7th of April protest including that protest of this nature suggests democracy is alive and well in South Africa. But there have also been a number of critiques specifically how the protest reflects the privileged middle classes whose concerns have no link with everyday community protests which have been occurring regularly since 2004.

Speaker Bios:

Lubna Nadvi is based within the discipline of Political Science and has diverse research interests including international relations, civil society, gender / feminism, Middle East / Africa. She is also an activist and has been part of a number of civil society campaigns and social movements in KwaZulu-Natal and nationally.

Lukhona Mnguni is based at the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit and is an academic, activist and social commentator.

Shauna Mottiar is director of the Centre for Civil Society and her research interests include social movements and social protest. She has published in a number of journals in this area and teaches a Masters course entitled ‘Civil Society and Development’.

In order that we may determine space please RSVP via email to Melanie Reddy:

This seminar will be followed by a public lecture on 24 April 2017 that will serve as the launch of this year’s College of Humanities Transformation and Leadership Lecture Series

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