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Law Academic Presents Paper at International Conference

June 28, 2017

Mr Khulekani Khumalo (left) with Advocate Vusi Pikoli.

UKZN School of Law Academic Mr Khulekani Khumalo presented a paper at a conference in Cape Town titled: “Rethinking the Encounter with the Police: from Marikana to Ferguson”, presented jointly by the University of the Western Cape and the University of Missouri in the United States.

Khumalo was invited as one of eight high profile local and international speakers, who included senior state official Advocate Vusi Pikoli, a former National Director of Public Prosecutions and current Police Ombudsman for the Western Cape Province.

The conference theme resonated both in the United States and South Africa given the recent series of police shootings and the dawn of the #blacklivesmatter campaign in the US as well as the brutal killing of protestors in Marikana and more recently the violence that erupted in the #FeesMustFall campaign.

Khumalo’s paper was titled: “The Crime of Public Violence as a Remedy to the Violent Police-Citizen Encounters in South Africa”, in which he argued that prosecuting violent protestors went beyond prosecutorial discretion. He further argued that it was constitutionally imperative that police action against public violence be used in order to curb violence during protests and therefore protect the rights of other people during such protests.

‘I started my research on violent protests in 2014 when I was writing a dissertation for a master’s degree from which I produced three published articles,’ said Khumalo. ‘I was surprised when my presentation received warm applause and was followed by a robust, thought-provoking debate. It was a real eye-opener as I got to hear different perspectives from both local and international experts.’

Khumalo said he was working on more articles - he is currently concentrating on his research for his doctoral thesis which is on the constitutionality of state security measures in South Africa.

Reatlehile Karabo Moeti

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