“REGIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY ISSUES” JHB multi-stakeholder workshop

Date: Monday 26th November 2018, 09H00 – 12H00 (followed by lunch)

Venue: Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown

Please RSVP to Ms Daisy Mbutho:


012 753 0203



Registration, tea/coffee: 9.00 am – 9.30 am

Keynote address plus Q and A:

9.30 am – 11.45am

followed by lunch at 12 noon.



Question and Answer session/Facilitated Dialogue and Discussion with additional inputs from ANC IR Subcommittee members, civil society leaders, academics and the international diplomatic community


12H00 – 13H00 Lunch


SALO would like to thank the Royal Norwegian Embassy for their direct support for this event.


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Hate Crimes, Hate Speech Dialogue

Keynote Speaker: Mr John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice


Tuesday 20 November 2018, 9am – 1pm

Venue: TBC



SADC Regional Peace and Security Dialogue

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development and Chairperson of ANC International Relations Sub-committee


Monday 26 November 2018, 9am – 1pm

Venue: Sunnyside Park Hotel, Princess of Wales Terrace & Carse O’Gowrie Rd, Parktown



Please RSVP to Ms Daisy Mbutho:
SALO would like to thank the Royal Norwegian Embassy

for their direct support for this event.

SALO joins South Africa and the world in celebrating the life of Minister Edna Molewa, following her sudden passing.

Minister Molewa was known for her dedicated political activism. She began challenging apartheid in the ranks of the civics and trade union movement as well as the ANC’s liberation army Umkhonto we Sizwe. She was targeted by the repressive state apparatus and detained several times. In the 1980’s she held a number of senior positions within South Africa’s trade union movement, including as second Deputy President of the union CCAWUSA, and later the first Deputy President of SACCAWU –  one of the country’s largest trade unions. She was also one of the founding members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
She was the first woman to be elected as Provincial Chairperson of the ANC, in the North West Province, going on to be appointed the first woman Premier of the Province in 2004. She was amongst the first group of Parliamentarians in the new democratic parliament in 1994, and made history by becoming the first female chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry.
Her skills as a negotiator and arbitrator saw her appointed to the Board of the National Labour Economic Institute, an organization that played a formative role in the development of the new South Africa’s economic policies. Her highly esteemed work in environmental conservation began when she headed the Department of Environment and Tourism in the North West Province in 1996, followed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in 2000.
SALO fondly remembers Minister Molewa for her role as chairperson of the ANC’s International Relations Subcommittee. In this capacity and others, she has truly served South Africa and the international community with dignity and diligence. SALO also greatly appreciates the important role she played in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement to combat climate change, which was signed at the United Nations in April 2016.  She played an active role in championing environmental issues on both the domestic and international stage.  Her passing is not a loss for just South Africa, but the world.
We will truly miss working with Minister Molewa, and wish her family strength during this difficult time.


 “The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”
Nelson Mandela

As an organization that strives to build international consensus to help resolve conflicts especially in Africa, SALO will continue to be guided and inspired by the life, dreams and words of Nelson Mandela.


The evident love and grief of millions of Zimbabweans across political divide for their former Prime Minister, after his passing on 14 February 2018, has affirmed his standing as a towering figure in Zimbabwe’s history. Tsvangirai, a former trade unionist and leader of democratic movements, led courageously in the darkest days for those movements and lived to see the end of President Mugabe’s rule. After the military ousted Mugabe, Tsvangirai was treated with respect by the new Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the state supported his funeral.

This seminar reflected on Zimbabwe’s former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, his passing, legacy and developments since his death.


Mr Thulasizwe Simelane, Senior Political Journalist, eNCA


Prof Brian Raftopoulos,
Director of Research and Advocacy: Solidarity Peace Trust, SALO Board member

Dr Nkululeko Sibanda,
Presidential Spokesperson, MDC Alliance

Hon Priscila Misihairabwi Mushonga,
Member of Parliament, MDC

Brian Kagoro,
Zimbabweån activist and constitutional law expert

Ms Venitia Govender,
South African Solidarity Activist and SALO Founder Member

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill – 28 June 2018

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

Pretoria, 28 June 2018

Keynote speaker:

Hon. John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development


On the 28th of June 2018, SALO in partnership with the Embassies of Norway and the Netherlands hosted a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill at the Sierra Burgers Park hotel in Pretoria. Stakeholders in attendance represented organisations such as Centre for Human Rights UP, Restorative Justice Centre (RJC), the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Access Chapter, Save the Children, the Embassies of Norway, Netherlands and Central African Republic. Opening remarks were made by Ambassador of Norway, Ms Trine Skymoen followed by keynote speaker, Hon. John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. The event was chaired by Dr Showers Mawowa.

The Ambassador of Norway, Ms Skymoen, spoke of Europe’s experience in witnessing a rise of right-wing and xenophobic rhetoric. The importance of hate crimes and speech bill is evident in the European context. She speaks of the interlinked issues of hate crime and hate speech as a rising global challenge which is somewhat a paradox considering society is becoming more accepting and diverse. Extremist movements strongly oppose diverse and inclusive societies and while being a minority, they cannot be ignored. Intolerance and hatred is not simply cured by economic progress and development. The dialogue nurtured robust and enlightening discussion surrounding the bill, but all were clear that we must stand together in fighting against hate speech and hate crimes.

Deputy Minister, John Jeffrey, gave an overview of the bill and its status, speaking to the importance of prosecuting related crimes but emphasising that the law will not be a solution to ‘unacceptably high’ levels of racism and hateful violence in South Africa. Following this, the session focused on debating the issues surrounding the bill, specifically in relation to hate speech. Right2Know raised concerns about how criminalising hate speech, could possibly criminalise freedom of expression and protest. LGBTQI activists spoke of the influence of Religious organisations who can still preach hate if it does not actively encourage violence. They state that hate crime can be directly linked to hate speech so hateful sermons can encourage violence against minorities. The bill was seen to be dealing with the branches of racism and hate rather than the roots. The RJC emphasised the importance of restorative justice and how it can prevent high levels of recidivism, something which the bill is lacking. This tied into the finals point raised on the importance of social cohesion and how we need to look at this issue from all dimensions and using all the instruments at our disposal.

Participants felt the presentation provided a good overview of the Bill and the following discussions were insightful and informative. Participants also found they were able to ask questions and voice opinions directly to the government. Going forward suggestions were made about engaging in certain topics around solutions such as social cohesion and social contract making in SA.


“What I found most useful is the information that there’s still opportunity for public consultations with prominent figures” – Geoffery Uqwauo, Center for Human Rights

“Open Dialogue with sufficient time for discussion”- Gift Kgomosotho, SAHRC

“They offer dialogue that is informative”- Stanley Thabang Malata, RHS (PM)