The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will be hosting a national conference on the Constitution from 22-24 March 2023 in Midrand, Gauteng province.
The conference, it said, is expected to be attended by prominent figures of South African society including academics, members of legislatures, constitutional and independent statutory bodies, business and traditional leaders, media and many others.
South Africa’s Constitution was signed into law by Former President Nelson Mandela in Sharpeville in December 1996 and took effect in February 1997.
This year’s conference will be held under the theme; Reflections on the Constitution: Rule of law, accountability, social and economic justice.
“The South African nation will get an opportunity to reflect and dialogue on the past 25 years of the Constitution, Nation Building, Gender Equality, Youth Economic Empowerment, as well issues of Service Delivery and Social Stability to chart a way forward on the path towards building on the gains of democracy,” the department said.
There has been a heated debate amongst South Africans as to whether the Constitution has achieved what it was intended for or not.
According to the department, the upcoming conference intends to broaden the discourse on the Constitution and encourage members of the public to participate in the conversation.