Rehad Desai speaks at The Gathering

The special election edition of the annual Daily Maverick’s conference, The Gathering, took place today, 10 April, to a full house at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City Casino, Johannesburg.

Photograph courtesy of the Daily Maverick

Photograph courtesy of the Daily Maverick

An impressive collection of some of South Africa’s most influential leaders took to the stage to discuss the political and economic landscape of South Africa in this pre-election period. Amongst these thought-leaders was Miners Shot Down director, Rehad Desai, who presented the film trailer and then shared his thoughts on the events leading up to the country’s first post-apartheid massacre, focusing on the collusion at the top that led to the escalating violence.

Daily Mavericks The Gathering with REhad Desai

Rehad Desai speaks about his documentary film, Miners Shot Down, at the Daily Maverick’s The Gathering

Other guest speakers included Agang SA leader Ramphele Mamphela, journalist and political commentator Max du Preez, leader of the DA Helen Zille, Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba, Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, writer and poet Andrew Miller and many more.

The Gathering ConferenceThe Daily Maverick, a local, independent news agency, curated the event fantastically, putting pressure on the politicians during an in-depth election debate. The Gathering was live streamed by the eNCA and the proceedings, including Rehad Desai’s talk can be viewed in the video below.

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