Will violence disrupt South Africa’s elections?


Disruptive protests are increasing in the run up to South Africa’s elections on 8 May. For many, public protests seem to be the only effective means of political participation. How will this affect this year’s polls?

This seminar presents the latest analysis of election-related violence tracked by the Institute for Security Studies’ Protest and Public Violence Monitor. Experts will discuss approaches to monitoring violence and responses that could reduce or prevent violence in South Africa. The findings of a recent community-level study of why young people in certain communities prefer protests to voting will also be shared. 

Chair: Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS


Lizette Lancaster, Manager of the Crime and Justice Information Hub, ISS

Lauren Tracey-Temba, Researcher, ISS

Representative of the South African Police Service (TBC)

Lwaphesheya Khoza, Youth Lab

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