Events and Seminars:
UJ Department of Politics
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS PANEL SERIES
HOSTING A PANEL ON
Former Speaker of the National Assembly
Matshiqi, Helen Suzman Foundation
Hamilton, University of Johannesburg
Friedman, University of Johannesburg
Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg
In May 2014, South Africa will hold its fifth post-apartheid
General Election. Attention is currently focused on political parties and
their manifestos. But what is this election for? Simply to anoint a winning
party or to send people to parliament to make laws in order to improve the
lives of South Africans? Parliament is the ‘voice of the people’; so, who
goes to speak for South Africans and their diverse interests should be
This panel of experts will speak from the assumption that South
Africa’s parliament, does matter – today, tomorrow and for the future! It
matters because it
should reflect the nuances embedded in the social and political relations
between contending societal interests; because it has a constitutionally
defined role as a place of political oversight and representation; and because parliaments are intended to
counter-balance the authority of the executive. These issues will be debated by the panel in the context
of the current election and the desirability of developing strong,
representative and professional parliamentarians.
DATE: Monday, 10 March 2014
TIME: 17.45 for 18.00pm
Council Chambers, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
RSVP ON OR BEFORE: 5 March 2014
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POLITICS HONOURS STUDENTS!!
left: Noxolo Gwala; Grace Bingoto-Mandoko and Simon Gray
UJ represented itself
proudly at the 8th Annual African Institute of South Africa (AISA)
Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) Conference, hosted by the UJ Arts Centre
from 16-19 February. As part of the conference 15 students from across South
Africa competed in a Model UN debate challenge, entitled, Going Green:
Eco-awareness or eco-unwillingness. Three UJ Politics Honours students competed
in the debate and presented their country’s position on the topic: Noxolo Gwala
(Azerbaijan); Grace Bingoto-Mandoko (France) and Simon Gray (the Russian
federation). Congratulations to Noxolo
Gwala and Simon Gray who won first and second place respectively in the debate!
Dr S Graham (UN Debate Facilitator)
Senior Lecturer, UJ Politics Department.
The Rule of Law and Accountability - Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s Visit to UJ
Article and picture by Nezo Sobekwa (Third year International Studies student and tutor at the Department of Politics)
On the 26th of September 2013, the first year Politics class at the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus, were privileged to receive a lecture from Dr Ramphele.
The founder of Agang, which loosely translated means ‘to build’, and which is set to participate for the first time in next year's elections, spoke on the subject matter of ‘The Rule of Law’. This message stressed to a large degree the importance of the separation of powers principle; an important lesson for her audience particularly as the majority of them will be voting for the first time next year.
She demonstrated, citing present day examples such as scandals surrounding the hiring of seemingly unqualified officials into public offices and the secrecy bill proposal, the extent to which this principle can be abused when the boundaries between judiciary, legislature and executive are not respected. She then went on to highlight, according to her perspective, just how undermined our democracy is in light of such abuses.
An informative lecture which left students thinking critically about the quality of their leadership and by extension the power of their vote. It was warmly received by many, but also sternly challenged by a few who questioned her own leadership decisions and integrity in past positions. To this end these challenges presented Dr Ramphele with the opportunity to become accountable for her own actions. This allowed for a practical demonstration of an accountable leader, thus working to the aid of her presentation.
An enlightening lecture for some, an inspiring one for others, all in all a very rich visit with education the victor. It is only fitting then to sum up this experience in her own words:
"My responsibility is to educate the next generation" - Dr Ramphele.
Dr Ramphele signs a copy of her book, Conversations with My Sons and Daughters, as Zinhle Manzini, a Politics Assistant, looks on.