NADEL AGM and National Policy Conference 2019

The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) will be hosting its National Policy Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 14-17 March 2019 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

The theme of the conference is: “Poverty, Inequalities and Corruption Symptoms of a State in Gradual Collapse”. The Keynote address on the theme of the conference will be delivered on 15 March 2019 by the President Maya of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

There will be three hundred (300) delegates attending the conference. Attorneys, advocates, magistrates, judges, members of the prosecuting authority and Presidents of international bar associations and the SADC region will make up the three (300) hundred guests attending the conference.

The conference will begin on the 14th of March 2019 with an open session. The topic to be discussed is: “Time for Reflections, Constitutional Review and the Need for the Limitation of Certain Powers.”

Other topics that are to be debated at the conference includes a session on “Building a South Africa in which All Shall Enjoy Human Rights” on the 15th of March 2019. There will be a panel discussion on: “A Better South Africa Shall Only be Realised Once Inequalities Cease to Exist.” The panellists will include Advocate Nokukhanya Jele, Professor Barney Pityana, Professor Susan Booysen and Professor Thuli Madonsela.

NADEL has also invited the newly appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Batohi to address the conference.

The conference will also be discussing the topic of: “Land Redress Seeks to Restore Human Dignity, Equality and Economic Imbalances.”

On 16th March 2019 NADEL will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pius Langa Gala Dinner. The Honourable Minister of Energy Mr. J. Radebe MP will be the guest speaker at the gala dinner.

Universities will also have a stake in the NADEL National Policy Conference. NADEL is holding an essay writing challenge for university students that will be dealing with the topic of land redress and an analysis of Section 25 of the Conference. The winners will be presented with their awards at the Pius Langa Gala Dinner.

The conference theme and the topics to be discussed during the conference have a direct bearing on the current South African political climate, that shapes the legal landscape of the country. The conference goes a step further to deal with burning issues of social justice in this stage of the national democratic revolution, that must be answered.

The NADEL conference is now an annual event in the legal calendar and promises a great deal for the legal fraternity in terms of the high level of debates and resolutions that the organisation will take


Prepared by Ugeshnee Naicker,
Office of the National Secretariat,
National Deputy Secretary.