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Friday, 22 April 2016

VC Lecture contributes to national dialogue

HOT TOPICS: The Cape Times’ Aziz Hartley, Judge Albie Sachs, VC Prins Nevhutalu and Dr Franklin Sonn HOT TOPICS: The Cape Times’ Aziz Hartley, Judge Albie Sachs, VC Prins Nevhutalu and Dr Franklin Sonn

CPUT’s inaugural Vice-Chancellor lecture attracted a diverse audience interested in hearing two struggle stalwarts dissect the SA Constitution.

Held in collaboration with the Cape Times newspaper, in the form of a “conversation”, Judge Albie Sachs and Dr Franklin Sonn unpacked the complex issue before opening the conversation up to debate from the audience.

Sachs says the audience interaction was his highlight of the evening.

“I was delighted to see the diversity of the audience and the calibre of the questions raised by the students,” he says.

Sonn joked that the old “fuddy duddy’s” could still contribute to the national dialogue.

The conversation drifted between a number of hot topics including the ongoing education protest crisis, recent Constitutional Court victories, the role of the Public Protector and recollections of how the Constitution was born during the dawn of democracy.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu says the topic was especially well timed.

“The Constitution has never been more sharply in the public discourse than it is right now. As we grapple as a nation with these constitutional crises South African’s more than ever before are concerned about the state of our country and where we are headed. These are difficult and uncomfortable conversations that are critical to our growth as a nation,” he says.

A video of the conversation will be available soon. Watch the CPUT website for links to it.

Written by Lauren Kansley

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Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.