Project Description

Ethical Leadership in Conflict

South Africa has historically positioned itself as a neutral party in the face of conflict, a champion of peace and consensus building, working to facilitate constructive engagement in conflict situations. SA has again emphasised the importance of enabling dialogue between the warring parties in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Despite this, concerns are being raised about the SA’s credibility in encouraging peace when the country has not effectively addressed violence and threats of violence. The July unrest in 2021 and ongoing attacks on foreign nationals are notable.

What is the role of ethical leadership in the face of ongoing conflict?

Nompumelelo Runji


Rev. Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay

Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religion and the General Secretary-Elect

University of Pretoria and World Council of Churches

Steven Gruzd

Head: African Governance and Diplomacy Programme

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Ray Hartley

Research Director

Brenthurst Foundation