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#Constitution20 dialogue takes place at Constitution Hill

In preparation for the 20th anniversary of South Africa's Constitution, which was signed into law on 10 December 1996, Constitution Hill hosted #Constitution20, a dialogue and exhibition launch at the Constitutional Court, on the evening of Thursday, 8 December.

Constitution Hill: #Constitution20 saw the Constitutional Court foyer used as a place for people to gather and discuss issues relating to the Constitution, much like the court.
(Image: Constitution Hill)

#Constitution20 saw the Constitutional Court foyer used as a place for people to gather and discuss issues relating to the Constitution, much like the court.

The event was attended by friends and partners of Constitution Hill and the Constitutional Court, members of civil society and members of the public. It was broadcast live on Kaya FM, with John Perlman conducting interviews with special guest speakers, including Gauteng Premier David Makhura, former chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality and former political prisoner at Constitution Hill Joyce Seroke, and Advocate Kevin Malunga, the Deputy Public Protector.

A live Twitter chat was also conducted, during which South Africans were encouraged to share their views on #Constitution20. The questions posed on Twitter included describing what the Constitution means to you, what your hopes are for the future of South Africa, and whether you think the Constitution continues to serve the people of South Africa the way it was intended when it was signed 20 years ago.

A robust and productive debate ensued, with thought-provoking questions asked by the audience. 

The evening also saw the launch of My Constitutionan exhibition curated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The exhibition features the opinions of 96 young people, aged between 19 and 22, from each of South Africa’s nine provinces. These individuals, students and volunteers, employed and unemployed, heterosexual and LGBTI, able and differently abled, discuss how the Constitution and the Bill of Rights impact their lives. 

Constitution Hill: My Constitution will be open at the Constitutional Court until the end of March 2017.
(Image: Constitution Hill)

My Constitution will be open at the Constitutional Court until the end of March 2017.

A snapshot of some of the evening's digital conversation is provided below. Share your views using #Constitution20.


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