South Africa Gauteng Johannesburg

Constitution Hill

A historic site in Johannesburg home to the South African Constitutional Court and former prisons that once held notable political figures.

Tips from the community

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.  A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”  It is with this quote of Madiba in mind that I recommend visiting Constitution Hill, a place many were forced to live for breaking various petty apartheid laws. Mandela was twice incarcerated here, first in 1956 and again in 1962.  Non-white prisoners, including Mahatma Ghandi, were kept in Number Four, but Mandela was deemed too influential or dangerous to be kept with other black inmates and therefore become the only non-white to be kept in the traditionally white part of the prison, The Old Fort.  Visit the prison and get an idea of the terrible conditions many of the liberation movement’s freedom fighters were kept in. Then visit our Constitutional Court – a place of beautify both for its artistic value and the values of equality it now stands for. It is open daily from 9:00 till 17:00.

BelindaFourie 3 years ago

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