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CONSTITUTION HILL

Constitution Hill is a former prison complex that was once defined by the gravest of human rights abuses. Now transformed into a museum, the site tells the story of South Africa’s journey from colonisation and apartheid to democracy – the journey from exclusion to inclusion – from darkness to light.

The home of the guardian of the Constitution, the Constitutional Court, Constitution Hill represents our nation’s capacity for change. A change that can only be driven by the people. It carries the pulse of all South Africans, irrespective of age, colour, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. 

Written in stone, on the square at Constitution Hill, is the Preamble to our nation’s Constitution. Beginning with the words WE THE PEOPLE, it is clear that our world acclaimed Constitution would not be possible, without the mass movement – not only locally and regionally, but internationally.

WE THE PEOPLE highlights that change can only happen if people stand together. Our Constitution owes its existence to mass active citizenship. Constitution Hill itself – this physical site that holds exceptional meaning – owes its existence to mass active citizenship. Change is only brought about through the agency of people and their collective action. 

Through the Human Rights Festival, Constitution Hill holds the space for change, the space for an understanding of the sacrifices made by ordinary citizens, for our democracy. Constitution Hill provides the space, for people to to stand up and create a better future using the Constitution as a weapon of change.

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