On Tuesday, 19 March 2019, SERI in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched a protest exhibition entitled “Insurgent Citizens: Reflections on Protest in Democratic South Africa” at the Foundation’s Centre of Memory in Houghton.
The exhibition creates a visual narrative which offers the public an opportunity to reflect on protests and the state’s response to protests. It further challenges and dispels some often deeply-held assumptions and longstanding myths about protests in South Africa and offers the public an opportunity to reflect on protests and the state response to protests through the law and practice.
The right to protest, protected by Section 17 of the Constitution, is essential to agency and to political expression, and a mechanism through which dissatisfied communities can voice their grievances.
The launch was accompanied by inputs from Zamantungwa Khumalo (SERI), Allan Ngari (Institute for Security Studies), Simamkele Dlakavu (Activist and Academic) with the key note address from Former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.
SERI’s Zamantungwa Khumalo addressed the audience on a talk entitled “The state vs the woman” which drew on SERI's case involving 16 women in the small town of Colenso, KwaZulu Natal who were arrested and detained while trying engage their local municipality on community concerns.
The exhibition is open for public viewing at the Centre of Memory on weekdays between 08:30 and 16:30.