In response to South African and global trends, MISTRA’s Protest PRP will seek to answer the following overarching research questions, focused on the dynamics and underpinnings of protest in post-1994 South Africa, but drawing on comparative international experience:
- What causal factors underpin the presence and prevalence of various forms of protest in contemporary South Africa?
- What led to the July 2021 uprising and how does it relate to broader protest trends and dynamics in South Africa?
- What causal factors underpin protest in other global contexts, and how might these explanations provide a useful comparison for understanding the manifestation and trajectory of protest in South Africa?
- Is there a way of predicting where, when and how peaceful protests will turn violent?