The Role of the University in Post Colonial Societies-Justice Dikgang Moseneke (South African Constitutional Court)
24 May 2017, 5pm | St Anthony's College

Justice Dikgang Moseneke ended his term as Deputy Chief Justice on South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court in May 2016.  Justice Moseneke has led an extraordinary life. He was imprisoned on Robben Island at the age of 15 for seeking to bring about the end of the apartheid regime.  When he was released from prison ten years later, he became a lawyer.  Thereafter, he was a key negotiator in the constitutional transition and also served as Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission during the first democratic elections in 1994. Justice Moseneke has been Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand since 2006. He has recently published My own liberator: a memoir (2016: Pan Macmillan). Justice Moseneke will talk about the role of the university in post-colonial societies.

This event is being co-hosted with African Studies Centre and The Bonavero Institute for Human Rights

Speakers

Justice Dikgang Moseneke
Dikgang Moseneke was born in Pretoria in December 1947. At the age of 15, when in standard eight, Moseneke was arrested, detained and convicted of participating in anti-apartheid activity. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, all of which he served on Robben Island. While Moseneke was jailed on Robben Island he obtained a BA in English and political science, as well as a B Iuris degree. He later completed an LLB.

Moseneke started his professional career as an attorney’s clerk at Klagbruns Inc in Pretoria in 1976. In 1993 Moseneke served on the technical committee that drafted the interim constitution of 1993.

In September 1994, while practising as a silk, Moseneke accepted an acting appointment to the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court. On 29 November 2002 he was appointed as judge in the Constitutional Court Court and in June 2005 up until his retirement in 2016, Moseneke was Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.