Social Justice Café


The aim of the cafés is to engage with young people on social justice issues and human rights-inspired democracy and action for inclusion, rooted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and National Development goals, with a view to harnessing the youth dividend in ending poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.

As an initiative of the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice, the cafés are executed as part of the Social Justice Musa Plan (M-Plan for Social Justice).

Format and logistics

Keynote speakers with extensive experience and expertise on a specific topic introduce and situate the theme, followed by a panel discussion involving approximately 4 panellists and the audience. Light refreshments are served at the start of the dialogue and an interactive, informal atmosphere is encouraged.

Time: 1pm-2pm
Venue: Russel Botman House, Stellenbosch University
Address: Marais Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7599

Dates and topics

Café 1: Meaning and theories of Social Justice

20 February 2020

Keynote speaker: Prof Thuli Madonsela

Panellists: Prof Amanda Gouws (SARChi Chair: Gender Politics, SU); Prof Henk Botha (Departmental Chair, Public Law, SU); Paula Assubuji (Human Rights Programme Manager, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Cape Town); Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd (Senior Researcher and Facilitator, Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, SU); Lewis Mboko (Chairperson, SRC, SU)

Café 2: Social Justice and Democracy

8 April 2020

Keynote speaker: Dr Tshepo Madlingozi

Panellists: Prof Bradley Slade

Café 3: Social Justice and Feminism

13 May 2020

Keynote speaker: Prof Cathi Albertyn

Panellists: Prof Cherryl Walker

Café 4: Social Justice and Unconscious bias

5 August 2020

Keynote speaker: Nene Molefi

Panellists: Prof Pierre de Vos

Café 5: Social Justice & Access to Justice

2 September 2020

Keynote speaker: Justice Madlanga

Panellists: TBC

Café 6: Social Justice and the 4th Industrial Revolution

7 October 2020

Keynote speaker: Biz Stone

Panellists: TBC

About the Chair:

Professor Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, is the law trust chair in social justice and a law professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and teaches constitutional and administrative law.

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