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Monitoring and responding to political violence in South Africa

23 October 2018
09:30 - 14:00

Date: 23 October 2018 Time: 9:30 – 14:00 Venues: Pretoria, Durban, PE and Cape Town

The Human  Sciences Research Council  and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), in partnership with Gun Free SA, South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP) at WITS University invite you to attend our closed workshop on monitoring and responding to political violence in South Africa.
The workshop aims to share key stakeholder input to deepen our understanding of the nature and extent of political violence and begin identifying evidence-based interventions to reduce the prevalence, risk and lethality of political violence, particularly in the lead up to the 2019 national elections.

Workshop programme:
09:30-10:00       Registration & Tea
10:00-10:10       Welcome (HSRC)
10:10-10:30       Keynote address
10:30-10:50       Overview and nature of political violence (ISS & Gun Free)
10:50-11:10       Political violence in context (Wits SWOP)
11:10-11:30       Councillor harm and threats (SALGA)
11:30-12:00       Monitoring initiatives (ISS)
12:00-13:30       Discussion (chaired by HSRC)
13:30-14:00       Lunch

To RSVP please complete the attached form and email to Helen Chanda on
by 16 October 2018

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact: Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

Port Elizabeth: 1st Floor East Wing, Building 1 Ascot Office Park, Corner Conyngham & Ascot Roads, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth 6001. Contact: Nomfanelo Plaatjie, email: or 041 393 9500.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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