Friday marks International Day of Democracy

The Open Democracy Advice Centre says while South Africa has of the most progressive laws in the world, implementation remains a challenge.

FILE: Inauguration Planes symbolise 20 years of democracy above the Union Buildings. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Friday is the International Day of Democracy. Declared by the United Nations (UN), this year's theme focuses on the need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.

The UN says a more integrated approach is needed to foster resilient societies.

It says strong leadership is needed to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law.

But the Open Democracy Advice Centre says while South Africa has the most progressive laws in the world, implementation remains a challenge.

Centre Director Gabriella Razzano said: “We should be working a lot harder to allow for freedom of expression and access to information and working a lot harder for real talk between the citizens and citizens, but also citizens and government and government and government and politicians and politicians.”