Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Constitution Hill

The hospital section at the Old Fort.

For the first time we visited Constitution Hill today. The old fort, where Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was an awaiting-trial prisoner in 1962. This was before the Rivonia Trial. He was kept in the hospital section, in the Old Fort itself. The Fort was for white prisoners only. As far as I understand Mandela was not sick. This was a way to keep him away from the other black prisoners.

Today The Constitutional Court of South Africa has its location on Constitution Hill. We did not take the guided tour but we were able to see some of the buildings. We also saw photos of three South Africans that we know. Of course Judge Edwin Cameron, one of the judges in the Constitutional Court.

We have met Judge Edwin Cameron several times. A role model.
We were more surprised to see Paul Mokgethi-Heath and JP Mokgethi-Heath on a poster. Impressive, I must say. There were a number of posters illustrating different kinds of human rights issues that the Constitutional Court in South Africa had ruled on. Same sex rights being one of them.
Examples of human rights.
JP is one of our colleagues at the Church of Sweden international department.

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