We, the People
South Africa
in conversation

During 2021, the Constitution Hill Trust created a series
of conversations on important constitutional issues with
a diverse range of speakers and perspectives.

These conversations refine the questions we hold about the Constitution, embrace complexity, and explore the depths of the Constitution.

Watch the conversations

01

Politics of the
rule of law

The guests at our inaugural roundtable included two former Constitutional Court judges, a law professor, a political commentator, and an audience of ordinary South Africans who wanted to understand the true meaning of the rule of law.

02

Queer equality

Has the Constitution delivered
on its promise of dignity for all?

In this conversation we were joined by Justice Edwin Cameron, Mr Jabu Pereira, and Prof Pierre de Vos. Together we explored the story of the South African struggle for LGBTQIA equality, which culminated in the inclusion of In this conversation we were joined by Justice Edwin Cameron, Mr Jabu Pereira, and Prof Pierre de Vos. Together we explored the story of the South African struggle for LGBTQIA equality, which culminated in the inclusion of

03

Electoral reform

Can we build a better
democracy?

For this conversation, we were joined by Dr Sithembile Mbete, Mr Valli Moosa, Justice Albie Sachs, Mr Lawson Naidoo, and Princess Chantal Revell. Together we explored the origins of South Africa’s electoral system, its For this conversation, we were joined by Dr Sithembile Mbete, Mr Valli Moosa, Justice Albie Sachs, Mr Lawson Naidoo, and Princess Chantal Revell. Together we explored the origins of South Africa’s electoral system, its

04

From codesa to today

The struggles and victories of women mobilising for the Constitution

During this conversation, Prof Shireen Hassim, Dr Thuto Thipe and senior lecturer, Simamkele Dlakavu reflect on the contributions of the women’s movement to the making of our Constitution During this conversation, Prof Shireen Hassim, Dr Thuto Thipe and senior lecturer, Simamkele Dlakavu reflect on the contributions of the women’s movement to the making of our Constitution

05

Our constitution

A doorway to freedom or a barrier to change?

For the first conversation of 2022, we were joined by former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi to reflect on the possibilities and challenges of the Constitution. For the first conversation of 2022, we were joined by former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi to reflect on the possibilities and challenges of the Constitution.

06

Art and Justice and the Light on the Hill

On 18 August 2022, we hosted a vibrant intergenerational conversation between two esteemed artists, ma Barbara Masekela and Msaki. Before a full audience at the Flame Studios’ Rehearsal Room at Constitution Hill, with many more online, ma Barbara and Msaki shared the meaning of art and creativity and the role the arts and community have played in shaping their politics and lives.

07

Dear Comrade President

Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of the South African Constitution

On 27 October 2022 together with the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation we launched the book “Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of the South African Constitution” with an event which featured a dialogue moderated by Prof Nomalanga Mkhize between the author, Andre Odendaal, Judge Albie Sachs in his capacity as one of the members of the ANC’s Constitutional Committee, attorney and doctoral researcher, Thandiwe Matthews. This event also brought together all surviving members of the ANC’s Constitutional Committee such as Penual Maduna and relatives of Zola Skweyiya.