Civil society and political parties can work together to save the country

Civil society and political parties have the power to work hand in hand to improve South Africa, said the panel of experts at News24’s On the Record Summit.


Concluding the jampacked and thought-provoking event on Thursday, News24 deputy political editor Bongekile Macupe sat down with Zackie Achmat, director of Unite Behind; Rivonia Circle’s policy and research head Lukhona Mnguni; The Green Connection’s advocacy officer Kholwani Simelane; and head of research and development at Funda Wande, Nwabisa Makaluza.

The panel titled Fixers, Builders, and Changemakers focused on the necessary change that could transform the current social and political sphere which has defined the country since the dawn of democracy.

Although the group of experts shared much in common regarding the role civil society could play in achieving this change, there was also a difference in opinion on the role politicians could play in this quest. Simelane rejected the narrative of politicians “fixing” the country, stating that no solutions were being brought by current leaders, who instead focused on the problems that have plagued the country…

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