Workshop 3 (20 February 2008)

Lungisile Ntsebeza, Democracy Compromised. Chiefs and the Politics of Land in South Africa, HSRC 2006. Mario joined the discussion which was introduced by Eva Jackson. We circled the important question of the role of chiefs in a democracy? Not as obvious as it might seem because it indicated a shift amongst at least one of our participants - who was now prepared to consider that they had a role at all. But can hereditary office have a role in a 'fully-fledged democracy'. We also turned to the question of writing a book with a clear intent to take a certain political (ain the broad sense) sense.  And the role of theory came up - which brought up Mamdani. It was decided that at some time in this project we must re-read and come to terms with Citizen and Subject.