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Aziz Pahad: "Our Democracy was Not a Divine Miracle" (Podcast)

Insurgent DiplomatThe Centre for Conflict Resolution held a public dialogue last year for the launch of Aziz Pahad’s Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War?

The discussion was chaired by professor Chris Landsberg, chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg.

Pahad said that it is important to reflect on our past to help us deal with present challenges and to prepare for the future. “The book is my attempt to demonstrate that our democracy was not a divine miracle, but the consequence of the activities of hundreds of thousand of activists,” he said.

In his book Pahad aimed to describe the role of outstanding leadership in our transition to democracy. He spoke about fundamental and radical transformation and said we need to adopt a more scientific approach to change.

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