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Monitoring Election Violence

10 April 2019
12:30 - 14:00


HSRC Election Seminar Series

Lizette Lancaster and Lauren Tracey-Temba, The Institute for Security Studies

Dr Ben Roberts, Democracy Governance and Service Delivery, HSRC
Date: 10 April 2019
Time: 12h30 – 14:00

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

Presentations are available for download below:

This presentation focusses on where election violence has taken place since 2013 and looks at current pre-election hotspots. The second part of the presentation will zoom in on some of the hotspots and highlight the gendered nature of disruptive politics amongst youth in South Africa. The findings draw on data collected by the Institute for Security Studies through their Protest and Public Violence Monitor (PPVM) as well as its recent research into the factors that influence young people’s participation in politics and protests.

The hotspot analysis shows that election-related disruptions and violence can emanate not only from participating in electoral processes such as interparty conflict during campaigning but also from the disruption of electoral processes through protest action such as the blocking of voting stations. The findings from a 2018 ISS research study which, explored the various ways in which young men and women in high-protest communities think about and engage in politics and protests in South Africa, suggests that some believe that disruptive and even violent protest yield better results than voting will.

This is the second in a series of five election-related seminars organised by the HSRC Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) research programme in order to stimulate evidence-based discussion on key electoral issues that could impact the 2019 elections.

This seminar 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.
Kindly RSVP by 9 April 2019
Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Shouneez Khan, Tel (021) 4667948, or e-mail:
Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or, or Wiseman Mbambo e-mail: