The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution and City Press will host a webinar on Friday August 6 at 10am to try and answer the question: When is a state of emergency justified?
The recent civil unrest that led to widespread looting and vandalism in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng prompted calls for a state of emergency to be declared to enable government to restore peace and order. Others resisted this call arguing that existing legislative provisions were adequate to deal with the protests, particularly considering that the SA National Defence Force had been deployed to help the SA Police Services.
City Press editor in chief Mondli Makhanya will moderate the discussion with the panel that will include Mary de Haas, an interventionist human rights worker who has been actively involved in the violence-monitoring research space for many years, Sithuthukile Mkhize, senior attorney at the Wits University Centre for Applied Legal Studies, and Adam Habib, the director of School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and former Wits University vice-chancellor.
Register for the webinar on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4q-I7kKkQ5-ncB_-Gf75bQ