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Political Party Debate on Crime

24 March 2009
18:00 - 20:00

Date :

24 March 2009

Time :

18:00 – 20:00

Location :

ENews – Atlas Studios, Milpark

Presenters :

Professor Antanas Mockus, the former Mayor of Bogota in Colombia, and leaders from a range of SA political parties

The Democracy and Governance programme, HSRC in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg invites you to a Political Party Debate on Crime.


Speakers include:


  • Professor Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia
  • Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Safety and Security
  • Velaphi Ndlovu, deputy national chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
  • Dianne Kohler-Barnard, Democratic Alliance spokesperson on Safety and Security
  • Lance Greyling, Independent Democrats (ID) MP and Chief Whip
  • Zolisa Lavisa, the Provincial Deputy Chairperson, Eastern Cape region of the United Democratic Movement (UDM)

Facilitator: Professor Adam Habib, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg

You are invited to an exciting debate on crime between the former Mayor of Bogota, in Colombia, Professor Antanas Mockus and leaders from a range of political parties. While Professor Mockus was the Mayor of Bogota in Colombia, Latin America, he introduced a range of innovative crime prevention initiatives, which led to a dramatic reduction of homicide rates in Bogota. Professor Mockus will engage in a debate with political parties on their crime policies and the crime situation in South Africa. Each political party will be given an opportunity to outline their own crime policies and approach to crime.

This promises to be an exciting engagement on a key national issue on the eve of South Africa’s fourth democratic elections.


As this is a television debate, it is required that you kindly reconfirm their attendance with the production assistant Mpumi Mbethe.  Cell:  082 350 5824 or


Media enquiries may be directed to: Vanessa Barolsky cell: 082 562 7365 or Ina van der Linde cell: 082 331 0614




Please note venue change: An opportunity has arisen for this debate to be televised on the eNews channel, as part of the Big Debate series. This has necessitated a change of venue (to a television studio 100 metres from the previous venue). All the same participants will be involved in the debate and audience participation will be encouraged. This promises to be a lively and probing discussion on crime that will reach a wide television audience. We have attached a map and directions to the new venue at Atlas Studios, Milpark. Marshalls will be on hand to direct you to the venue where the debate will take place. Drinks and snacks will be served after the event. We look forward to your participation.