All Rise - A Judicial Memoir Book LaunchA book launch of Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s All Rise: A Judicial Memoir (Pan Macmillan/Picador Africa, 2020) was jointly hosted by the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Law Faculty and the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 18h00.
The launch was pitched as an intergenerational dialogue, with the panel consisting of inter alia two former clerks at the Constitutional Court, and now emerging scholars at the Law Faculty - Lisa Draga, and Thabile Chonco. Justice Vincent Saldanha from the Western Cape High Court, and board member of the DOI, was the third member of the panel, while Benyam Mezmur, Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies at the Law Faculty, and coordinator of the Children’s Rights Project at the DOI, acted as facilitator. Around 130 people participated in the event with the hashtag #AllRiseUWC. The topics discussed included social justice, ubuntu, decolonisation, as well as the relation between the constitution, the common law and customary law.
All Rise covers former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s years on the bench, with particular focus on his 15-year term as a judge at South Africa’s apex court, the Constitutional Court, including as the deputy chief justice. As a member of the team that drafted the interim Constitution, Moseneke was well placed to become one of the guardians of its final form. His insights into the Constitutional Court’s structures, the personalities peopling it, the values it embodies, the human dramas that shook it and the cases that were brought to it make for fascinating reading.
Justice Moseneke has a long relationship with the UWC Law Faculty, having presented the first Dean's Distinguished Lecture at UWC in 2015. He was appointed as extraordinary professor in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence in 2017. In 2018 Justice Moseneke donated R400 000 of the fees he had received for chairing the arbitration hearings into the Life Esidimeni tragedy to the Law Faculty. Justice Moseneke contributed a further R125 000 during the course of the year and UWC added R400 000. The interest on the capital sum is used to promote excellence within the Law Faculty. In 2020 Justice Moseneke donated 30 copies of the book ‘All Rise’ to the Faculty which will be presented to senior LLB and LLM students as prizes for excellent performance.