This week we look at Constitution Hill
, a city precinct, anchored by the South African Constitutional Court, and the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex.
Learn about South Africa’s turbulent past and extraordinary transition to democracy at Constitution Hill. This National Heritage site has witnessed over a century of South Africa’s history - Brits V Boers, the Soweto Uprising, the dawn of democracy and the building of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.
Exhibitions and museums at Constitution Hill include:
The Number Four – Prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe, and the Students of the 1976 uprising were held at thyis prison.
The Old Fort – Built in 1893, this is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings. This was a prison for white males, with Nelson Mandela being the only black prisoner to be held here.
The Women’s Gaol – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held in this gracious-looking building.
Constitutional Court – South Africa’s highest court, and guardian of the basic human rights and freedom that so many imprisoned here had fought for and won, also houses a collection of South African artworks.
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Hours: Open 9am–5pm (Mon-Fri); 10am-3pm (Sat); Closed (Sun)