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Former women prisoners to meet their captors on Conhill

Staff Reporter

Constitutional Hill will host an emotional reunion between former prisoners at the Old Fort Women's Gaol and their wardens.

Constitution Hill has a very complex history going back to 1892 when the Old Fort was built under the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek, functioning as a prison. (Gallo)

Please note: This event has been postponed until further notice.

In celebrating Women’s Month, Constitution Hill in partnership with the Mail & Guardian, will be hosting Bars: The Price of Freedom Dialogue as part of the Colours of a Woman portfolio on Sunday August 31.

The event will showcase the stories of women who were previously incarcerated at the Old Fort Women’s Gaol at Constitution Hill. 

In contrast, female wardens who worked at the jail during different times in its history will recount their experiences on the other side of the prison bars, creating a dual re-telling of memories.

These women have not seen each other in over 30 years and will face each other in dialogue for the first time since their spells on both sides of the prison bars. 

The dialogue will interrogate what the struggle meant to each of them. In the context of 20 years of democracy, the women will be asked if the price they paid for freedom and the sacrifices they made during apartheid were worth it.

This landmark event will also provide a unique platform for women from all walks of life to network in a setting rich with history and significance.

Constitution Hill has a very complex history going back to 1892 when the Old Fort was built under the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek, functioning as a prison. 

One of the buildings added to the fort in the late 1900s was the Women’s Prison (1907), where struggle stalwarts such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer, Sibongile Mkhabela and countless more were incarcerated. 

Event details
Date: Sunday August 31 2014
Time: 11am to 3pm (Registration at 10h30)
Venue: Constitutional Square at Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein JHB
Price: R500 per person, R4 500 per table of 10.
Bookings: Send an email to [email protected]

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