Discussion- Constitution & rule of law as guardians of South Africa’s constitution

Twenty years after the adoption of the first liberal democratic constitution, democracy in South Africa is coming under increasing pressure. Corruption and patronage are becoming more and more important and undermine the confidence of citizens. What are the challenges facing democracy and the rule of law in South Africa 20 years after the introduction of the first free-standing constitution? Are democratic achievements in danger? How resistant are the democratic institutions of the country?


Thulisile Madonsela– former Public Prosecutor of South Africa

Sybille Pfeiffer– Member of the German Parliament, Representative of the Committee on Economic  Cooperation and Development

H.E Walter Lindner– Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Africa

William Gumede– Executive Chairperson of Democracy Works Foundation, South Africa

Herta Däubler Gmelin Moderator and Former Federal Minister of Justice


18h30– Welcome by Dr. Roeland Schmidt- Secretary General, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

18h40-Panel discussion

20h15-Closing remarks by Andrea Ostheimer de Sosa, Head of Department for Sub-Saharan Africa, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


Date– Tues, 22 November 2016

Venue: 17 Hiroshima Terrace, Berlin, Germany

RSVP: Anna-Lena Nickel-NICKELA@fes.de


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