NADEL MEDIA STATEMENT ON ITS ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND AGM HELD IN MARGATE KWA-ZULU NATAL ON 26TH -28TH OF FEBRUARY 2016
1) The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) held a successful annual National Conference and AGM in Margate, KwaZulu Natal during the weekend of the 26th -28th of February 2016. The conference took place under the theme “Racial prejudice is a fundamental impediment to Socio-Economic transformation and Social Cohesion”.
2) The conference took place just a few months after the racial utterance of Real Estate Agent Penny Sparrow, who referred to Beach goers during the December 2015 festive season as “monkeys”, on Facebook (which brought anger to the many South Africans), racial violence at the University of the Free State, continued student protests in Tertiary institutions and also at a time when the South African economy is going through tough times categorised by low economic growth and high levels of unemployment.
3) African National Congress’s (ANC) Regional Secretary, Mzwandile Mkhwanazi, welcomed NADEL and its delegates to the South Coast. He urged the NADEL to play a more active and radical role in the fight against racism and towards achieving social-economic transformation and social cohesion. He also appealed to NADEL to assist the ruling party by offering it its (NADEL’s) opinions, suggestions and if need be corrective criticism.
4) The Conference and AGM was attended by a number of distinguished guests, namely, Member of the Executive council (MEC) for Economic Development (MEC Mabuykhulu), Roj Welat Representative – KKC in South Africa, Honourable John Jeffery, Deputy Minister Justice & Correctional Services and Member of Parliament who addressed the conference. NADEL was also honored by the presence of Black Lawyer’s Association (BLA) president, Lutendo Sigogo, Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) Co-Chair Busani Mabunda and Member of Parliament J B Sibanyoni
5) In MEC Mabuyakhulu’s address to the conference he stated that racism is more than just an attitude of one race towards another. It is a tool of exclusion that is enabled by the political and economic power one group has over those that don’t. He shared with the conference his analysis of the socio-economic status of the country as well as the number of factors that have contributed to our economies slow down which factors included but not limited to
6) Roj Welat, member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) shared with the conference the plight of the Kurdish people who are forced by the Turkish government to assimilate and has banned the Kurdish from speaking and teaching their own language. He told the conference that he sought to develop solidarity between the people of South Africa and the Kurdish in order to find peaceful and democratic solution to the Kurdish problem.
7) Deputy Minister John Jeffery addressed the conference on the National Action Plan against Racism and the Role of Progressive lawyers.
8) On the evening of the 27th of February 2016 NADEL hosted its 10th Annual Dullah Omar Memorial Lecture. Constitutional Court Judge, the honourable Justice Madlanga, paid tribute to Cde Dullah Omar and shared with the conference his experience as a disadvantaged young boy growing up in a rural Eastern Cape village faced with poor living conditions and lack of amenities. He too emphasised the need for social-economic transformation and social cohesion. He shared his views on the role of a progressive Lawyer in archiving same.
9) The conference elected new leadership, which comprises of the following:
PRESIDENT : MVUZO NOTYESI
VICE PRESIDENT : XOLILE NTSHULANA
GENERAL SECRETARY : PATRICK NDUMISO JAJI
ASSISTANT GENERAL SECRETARY : NOLITHA JALI (Ms)
TREASURER : POOBIE GOVINDASAMY
ASSISTANT TREASURER : STRIKE MADIBA
FUNDRAISING : SAM MKHONTO
PROJECTS : REHANA RAWAT (Adv)
PUBLICITY SECRETARY : MEMORY SOSIBO (Ms)
GENDER DESK : HARSHNA MUNGLEE (Ms)
YOUTH DESK : UGESHNEE NAICKER (Ms)
10) Five(5) of the eleven newly elected members of NADEL’s executive committee are female, this is indicative of NADEL’s commitment to sustainable Gender Equality.
11) NADEL in realisation that there is a need for a more radical approach towards its goal of achieving equality and non-racialism both nationally and international adopted a number of resolutions, which resolutions shall be released in a subsequent publication. For the purposes of this publication it shall suffice to state that NADEL resolved to strengthen solidarity with the Kurdish people in Palestine, form student chapters in all tertiary institutions, condemn as acts of corruption and keep the Government the South accountable to its people.
12) NADEL takes this opportunity to pay tribute to and thank its outgoing president, Mr Max Boqwana and his executive for sterling leadership during their term of office and offers its support and well wishes to its newly elected president, Mr Mvuzo Notyesi and his executive.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS (NADEL), SOUTH AFRICA.
BY: Memory Thulile Sosibo - NADEL Publicity Secretary – 081 710 7910
Patrick Ndumiso Jaji- Nadel Secretary General - 073 7183830