Social sites: opiates or aids to justice?

2011-10-14 00:00

ORGANISED by the Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Programme, the student leadership development group at UKZN is making its postgraduate presentations, “Youth and Social Networking: Building Democracy and Social Justice”.

Cellphones, Twitter and Facebook were used to organise this year’s political revolts in North Africa. But are youth using these platforms to help build democracy, equality and social justice, or are social networks a new “opiate of the people” distracting youth from bigger social concerns? Come and hear the postgraduates speak, and air your own views.

The presentations, sponsored by the SA Institute of International Affairs, take place on Tuesday from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Leeb du Toit council chamber on the Pietermaritzburg campus (entrance from King Edward Ave). There is no cost. RSVP to Kirsty Weston at 033 347 2164 or e-mail

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