Idasa closure bad news - UDM

2013-03-27 21:30
Idasa (Picture: Supplied)

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Johannesburg - The closure of political think-tank Idasa is not good for democracy in South Africa, the United Democratic Movement said on Wednesday.

"This is bad news for the South African democracy project," said UDM secretary general Bongani Msomi.

"Idasa has for nearly 30 years walked this road to democracy with South Africa."

The institute's executive director Paul Graham announced this week that it would close because it could not obtain financial support.

Msomi said the institute had played a significant role as a think-tank and sounding board.

"It managed to work under the apartheid regime, states of emergency, the transitional government and, finally, a democratically elected Parliament."

The UDM hoped for a "miracle" whereby the necessary funds were found to keep Idasa going.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria will hear an application on 2 April for Idasa's winding up.

When Idasa was first formed during the apartheid era in 1987, it was the Institute for a Democratic Alternative in SA, hence the acronym.

After the 1994 democratic elections, it shifted focus to building democratic societies and later changed to the "Institute for Democracy in Africa", according to its website.

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