The Congolese Solidarity Campaign – restoring the DRC to the Congo Nation

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P.O.BOX 421

DURBAN 4000 RSA

congolesesolidaritycampaign@gmail.com

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Earlier this year, as part of our committed efforts to raise awareness in South Africa about the present and past situation in our home country; we held the following presentation:

The State of Democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

We, the Congolese Solidarity Campaign “CSC”, a grass roots human rights based social movement take this opportunity to invite all Congolese citizens to participate in a building capacity Panel discussion on the state of democracy in DR Congo that will take place on Saturday 08 August 2015. It is a complete event for everyone who would like to empower him or herself regarding the state of democracy in the country.

The problems associated with democratic reform in the DR Congo are manifold, while the name of the country surely lends itself to an assumption of regime type. However, in actuality and reality, this area has experienced great civil unrest over the last five decades, resulting in an extremely tenuous so called democracy. The issues that need to be resolved within the country are numerous, and span the spectrum from ethnic strife to a weak, declining economy and deteriorating democracy.

The Panelists will come from different Congolese political parties based in South Africa, as well as some South African civil society organizations to assess whether our country (DRC) has a vigorous democracy in action.

We are all united by destiny and history encompassing the noble ideas of liberty, fraternity, solidarity, justice, peace and work, and animated by our common will to build, in the heart of Africa, a State of Law and Powerful and Prosperous Nation, founded on a real political, economic, social and cultural democracy.

Kindly honour us with your esteemed presence so that we can work together to build a free, open and unified DR Congo regardless of culture, beliefs, religion, region, language, ethnicity, sex, gender, race, and social origin.

The Panel discussion will be held in Durban CATHEDARAL CHURCH, DENIS HURLEY CENTRE from 10h am to 14 pm. Any Information regarding this Panel discussion please contact: Public Relations Officer, Kapele Mutachi on 072 894 2882.

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This is a summary of the above event :

Public forum: The state of democracy in Democratic Republic of Congo

Denis Hurley Centre (Durban Cathedral)

October, 24 , 2015

Outcome of the forum:

The forum brought together political analysts, pastors and experts to inform and educate Congolese population living in Durban about state of democracy in DR Congo. It was argued that the problems associated with democratic reform in DR Congo are immense; the country is suffering from crippling poverty. While the name of the country surely lends itself to an assumption of regime type. However, in actuality and reality, the country has experienced great civil unrest over the last nineteen years, resulting in an extremely tenuous so called democracy. The issues that need to be resolved within the country are numerous, and span the spectrum from ethnic strife to a political instability and ongoing insecurity, weak institutions and poor governance, declining economy, deteriorating democracy and gross violation of human rights. Thus, political corruption, weak rule of law, and violence remain persistent in the country.

It was found that poor democratic governance lies at the root cause of Congo’s persistent economic stagnation, ongoing insecurity and conflict, and this is due more to governance failures and struggles to gain access to political power and control natural resources. The participants believed that, in order to strengthen and restore social contract, greater public accountability, balance of powers, checks and balances are needed.

Kapele Mutachi

+ 27 (0) 72 894 2882

Congolesesolidaritycampaign@gmail.com

Public Relations Officer

Photo gallery from the panel discussion

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