South Africa: Section27 Podcasts Engage in Constitutional Thinking Aimed At the Ordinary Citizen

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It is imperative that as we look towards our freshly minted sixth administration we all roll up our sleeves and commit to a process of inclusion and meaningful engagement.

In the build-up to and post the 2019 elections SECTION27 recorded a series of constitutional literacy podcasts. These were some of the most insightful and engaging conversations with some of our country's foremost thinkers, activists and citizens.

Our departure was from a position of availing information to tell ordinary citizens about their constitutional rights, and we believe the podcasts would help them to truly understand these rights and their own rights. One of our first guests Lwando Xaso, an attorney and constitutionalist, made an interesting assertion that constitutions could be seen as a form of cease-fire document, as more often than not they are as a result of struggle and contestation. At the end of that contestation, a country still needs to find a way forward. A comment that takes people back at first but on further interrogation urges one to think deeper about the document.

In 1994 a democratic dispensation came, ending the apartheid government whose constitution, adopted in 1983, was in opposition to a democratic and inclusive society. That...

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