A Doorway to Freedom or a Barrier to Change
Time: 17:00 for 17:30
The first We, the People Conversation of 2022 will unpack the possibilities and limitations of our Constitution. The esteemed panel will offer their thoughts on whether the provisions of the Constitution and the way it was made, create the mechanisms for true and meaningful transformation and decolonization; or whether the Constitution and its provisions and the way it was negotiated and drafted, create a barrier to true and meaningful transformation? Does the problem lie in the Constitution itself? And does it need to be changed before our society can be transformed? Join us to unpack these compelling and pertinent questions and more. The theme will unfold in 3 parts along the theme of Past, Present, and Future as this is one of the themes that define Constitution Hill.
ADV TEMBEKA NGCUKAITOBI
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi started his career at the Constitutional Court of South Africa as a law clerk for Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson. He then joined the Legal Resources Centre as a Candidate Attorney before moving to the position of Director of the centre's Constitutional Litigation Unit. In 2019, he was nominated by the Johannesburg bar to become a senior counsel after practising as a lawyer for only eight years. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC is also a best-selling author with several books under his belt including the Land is Ours and Land Matters.
FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE MOSENEKE
Dikgang Moseneke was arrested at the age of 15, detained and convicted of participating in anti-apartheid activity. He was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment and studied for his matric as well as for two degrees while in jail. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, which conducted the first democratic elections in South Africa. In 2002 he was appointed as judge in the Constitutional Court and in June 2005, Moseneke was appointed Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa. He is a founder member of the Black Lawyers' Association and of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers of South Africa.