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Title:How does state security limit the right to protest? State response to popular participation in South Africa
Author:Royeppen, Andrea
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:national security
civil and political rights
popular participation
Abstract:In South Africa, the right to protest has come under threat from the state. Increasing cases of forceful policing and, at times, unlawful procedural prohibitions of protest attest to this. Interviews with members of different community-based organisations across South Africa show that protest is sometimes delegitimised under the guise of security as protestors are constructed as threats to the state. The larger implication of this treatment is that these protestors are treated as non-citizens who are excluded from participating in governance. This study aims to describe this situation through securitisation theory, arguing that South Africa has become a securitised state. It therefore looks at the implications of this securitised response for popular participation in South Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]