We are gravely concerned about the state of democracy in South Africa. Our constitutional democracy, for which people like Dullah Omar fought so hard and made so many sacrifices, is under threat. At a time when South Africa needs a stable, functional and prosperous state, state institutions are being used to pursue interests that do not advance the cause of realising the rights in the Bill of Rights. We call on all sectors of society to defend our constitutional democracy.
The director of the Dullah Omar Institute, Prof Jaap de Visser gave an enlightening seminar on Multilevel government in South Africa. This took place at EURAC in Italy, where he is guest researcher for the month of July.
CSPRI researcher, Kristen Petersen, presented findings of research which sets out the arguments and evidence for the decriminalisation and declassification of petty offences.