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Review of Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill
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Constitutional Hill and Apartheid Museum Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg
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Mahatma Gandhi and Satyagraha Private Tour of Johannesburg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site situated in the Johannesburg CBD and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa- the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa's leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy, home to the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four Museum, and Old Fort Museum. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes. The vast variety of programmes hosted at Constitution Hill enable us to embrace current issues, celebrate days of national significance, address matters of public interest and create a forum for public debate. With its rich history and character Constitution Hill boasts of ideal platforms to educate and learn about South Africa's story. ConHill, as it is famously known, also offers a variety of multi-purpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Gave a chilling insight into prison life during apartheid years. Ghandi exhibition is good. Ends on a positve note in the congress building which is interesting, mainly due to the fact you can just walk in and take pictures

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2016

Dear simonbaldwin

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill, and also sharing more information about Constitution Hill, hoping to see you soon. Remember to invite your friends and family along.

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Constitution Hill

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

It brought to mind of how wehave progressed since 1994 and of the iniquities that people have suffered during the previous regime

Thank Elmo G
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2016

Dear Elmo G,

Dear Elmo, Thank you for your review of ConHill. We really appreciate the fact that you find the place indicating the past of the prisoners who suffered. Hope we will see you soon.

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Constitution Hill

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Constitution Hill at Joburg, South Africa has quite a few places that one can visit - The Constitutional Court, The Old Fort, The Women's Jail, The Men's Jail or what they call - Number 4.

The Women's Jail has a part of it being used as offices and a kind female working there told us where we could go around to see the past. It was very depressing in the jail itself, particularly the part where the videos were being played in loop in the adjacent cells - each depicting the life / pain of the person who stayed there. It showed that love was also considered to be a crime. From people being jailed for holding hands with a person from another race to having gone through prosecution for having an affair - inter-racial mixing was not allowed at all. Also, marriages were only approved / acknowledged if married in a church. Hindu weddings were considered illegal as per one pic. Going from one cell to other left one with such a sad feeling.

The men's jail gave a stark reminder of the discrimination followed even behind bars. From the overcrowded cells, to the cold shower stalls, from the "blanket art" competition to get a little more preference in jail, to the torture cells with their torture equipment, from the food ration for whites, colored and black people to the pictures abounding with severe atrocities, all was a throw back to the past.

Number 4 was where they kept hardened criminals as well as political prisoners - perhaps to affront them. Even Gandhiji had stayed in Number 4, himself being a political prisoner for having started the Satyagrah from there. Thus the seeds of Indian Independence were laid perhaps in Number 4.

In the center was the spot where they made the prisoners sing by force to entice them to get a little relief from their punishments.

The Constitutional Court was the brightest part of this visit. It had an exquisite and huge wooden door about 9 m in height. On both sides of the door, 27 rights enlisted in the South African Constitution are written in 27 languages - spoken or sign as used in South Africa. This shows a remarkable show of unity & solidarity in the country. A part of the old jail was pulled down to build the walls of the Constitutional Court and the Great Steps leading away from it. Again, symbolizing the South African sensitivity to give importance to the past as the way for the future is carved out.

The visit to this place made me think the most as compared to any other place I have ever visited. What would I have done if I was ever in that era, in that place? Could I have survived what these people obviously faced?

Thank bhoomikarawat
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2016

Dear Bhoomikarawat,

Thank you for visiting and viewing the South Africa's heritage site. It is a great pleasure to have visitors who can link the situation to themselves and have questions like 'would I survive if i was in that situation' those kind of questions indicate the humanity and saluting of our hero's, We glad that you were able to notice the art work that was displayed with the blanket and it really shows that the place really took your attention and you also payed attention into details.Thank you for sharing your experience, Hope will see you soon!

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Was interesting but rather depressing. The Constitution Hall was closed, but our self-guided tour was informative about the injustices and demeaning conditions of those imprisoned there.

Thank jmbhappy
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2016

Dear jmbhappy,

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We hope you will continue spreading the word about South Africa's heritage site.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

As a teacher, I felt it necessary to see Constitution Hill, aka Section 4 of the prison.

I liked seeing the contrast between old prison, the sadness, cruelty and history of it all, and the new bright and hopeful Constitution courthouse.

The Tour: Bought tickets and a tour. Felt the tour was the best way to see and understand all of the aspects of the exhibits presented. I would not have understood what those rolled up towels were in the prison cells had they not been there. It was also great to get to see the inside of constitution hall.

A must see for history buffs, or anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Johannesburg.

Thank MrsKnicki
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2016

Dear Mrsknicki,

Thank you for visit and review of ConHill, Thanks for sharing your experience, We hope you will continue to spread the words. Hope will see you soon.

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