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The Forgotten People: Banishment under Apartheid: a text and photographic exhibition

Date Released: Fri, 18 January 2013 07:59 +0200

Constitution Hill is a beacon for Constitutionalism, Human Rights and Democracy and is dedicated to remembering past struggles by hosting exhibitions that play an important educational role in expressing these values and true to its nature, on 24th January 2013 Constitution Hill invites the media and the public to the launch of “The Forgotten People: Banishment under Apartheid- A text and photographic exhibition,” based on a book by Dr Saleem Badat of Rhodes University.

The exhibition looks at political banishment in the apartheid era. Banishment has been used as form of punishment in South Africa from early colonial period. Both the Dutch and British colonial administrations banished people who challenged their authority. When the Apartheid government seized power in 1948, it continued to use banishment as a way of silencing its opponents. This feature focuses on the history of Banishment in South Africa. People were banished under the Native Administration Act (1927).

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Nieftagodien, a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Witwatersrand, serves as the Deputy Chair of the History Workshop, is a member of the University Senate and serves on the board of the South African History Archives.

“The Forgotten People: Banishment under Apartheid” exhibition will run from 24 January to 11 February 2013 and on the 31st January a walkabout through the exhibition will be arranged for history students from in and around Johannesburg to give them an opportunity to engage with some of the material they study in school and also to ask question and get clarity.

The Lowdown Date of launch: Thursday, 24 January 2013 Dates of exhibition: 24 Jan - 11 Feb 2013 Time of launch: 18:00 for 18:30 Venue: Old Fort Mess Hall, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein Parking: Underground Basement Parking Level C, Joubert Street Entrance RSVP: Fanisa Masia on f.masia@constituionhill.org.za or (011) 381 3131 About Constitution Hill 

Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours to the Women’s Gaol museum, Number Four museum, and Old Fort museum, ConHill has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes.

Constitution hill also offers a variety of multipurpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes.

Source: Moja Media