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My Constitution

"How do the Constitution and Bill of Rights impact your life?"

This was the question posed to almost 100 young South Africans by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Their answers led to an exhibition titled My Constitution, which was launched at the Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday 17 March 2016.

At the launch, Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Sello Hatang said that 20 years after its adoption, he's still amazed at what a remarkable document the Constitution is, and about the vision and foresight that the authors had regarding the kind of society they wanted to build. He added, however, "The one question that bothers all of us, that should bother all of us, is ... are we still on course?"

He said some of the young participants posed some critical questions and quoted Balungile Radebe: "We are the born-frees. Are we free from HIV? Are we free from ridiculous fees? Are we free from oppression? Are we free from poverty? No."

According to Hatang, the exhibition gives a voice to young South Africans and "forces us to listen to their experiences over the past 20 years of how the Constitution has worked for them but, more importantly, where the Constitution has failed our people".

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