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Active Citizenship in partnership with Servant Leader invites you to a discussion about our liberation heroes in South Africa.


We are so excited to announce that Max, Elinor and Duma Sisulu will be joining our panel of #firsttimevoters this week.


Join us as #firsttimevoters engage with the role that Max Sisulu and others played in transforming South Africa: the heroes of our struggle.


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EPISODE 17 August 22, 2021

Max Sisulu

Session 9




Max Sisulu

Max Sisulu led a national assembly comprised of various political parties, each harboring different political interests. Yet, he managed to allow each one to have a voice. In 2009 when then-President Jacob Zuma was accused of deceiving parliament about the expenses used to upgrade his residence, the opposition parties demanded a parliamentary investigation. Max went on to act decisively, ensuring that the rule of law was upheld in conjunction with the principles of the constitution. It's a constitution that assures every South African of equal opportunities, a better, just, and free society, one devoid of corruption and economic deprivation. These are principles that Max and his forebears dedicated their lives towards achieving. He believed that: “the importance of institutions of democracy needs to be protected, because once you destroy the institutions that we created, then clearly, you know you are destroying the foundations of our democracy and freedom. We nearly died for freedom. Why do we destroy it after democracy? it doesn’t make sense.”

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Elinor Sisulu

Zimbabwean-born South Africa writer and human rights activist Elinor Sisulu combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands.    She is the author of the award-winning children’s book The Day Gogo Went to Vote (1997 and the biography Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime (2003) that won her the prestigious Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.    Elinor is a founder member and current Executive Director of the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Pretoria for her work in human rights and reading promotion. In September 2020 she was appointed Chevalier de L’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French government in recognition of her work with Puku. Under her leadership, Puku has been awarded the 2021 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize.

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Duma Sisulu

After graduating from the University of Pretoria with a B Com in Finance and Financial Management, Duma Sisulu went on to study for an MA in Public and Development Management at Wits Business School. He worked as a consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers from 2012 to 2017, when he left to manage his family business.


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Edith Mugadza

Second-year Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology and Law UCT

I am a first-generation immigrant, having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg. I've always been very passionate about social and humanitarian causes, and hope to make use of my studies in order to help others. I believe that in order to aid in the growth and development of Africa, it is important that we adequately address issues of gender inequality, xenophobia and discrimination.

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Qhawe Mkebe

Bachelor of Law University of Cape Town

''I'm passionate about engaging with people on Queer issues and what can be done to improve the climate. I come from the Eastern Cape - a very rural province. As a result, my life has been defined by prejudice on the basis of my Queerness. It is that prejudice that has inspired me to write a book that reflects the intersectionality of race, class, and sexuality. Now, I am the new Financial Coordinator for TDL, a volunteer organisation that aims to provide extra murals to underprivileged schools in the Cape Town metropolitan area.'

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Kaitlin Rawson

honours degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

"I am passionate about politics and social issues in South Africa and believe that South Africans deserves more accessible and approachable ways of learning about these topics. That is one of the reasons I started my TikTok account. I began making politics-focused content at the beginning of the year and my account has reached hundreds of thousands of South Africans since then."

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Nicholas Kruger

Second-year Theatre & Performance UCT

"I currently serve as the Treasurer for Rainbow UCT, our queer student organisation on campus. I aim to use theatre to clarify and enhance our collective and individual understanding of Queerness is a South African context."

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Deborah-keir Paulsen

Theatre & Performance UCT

"I love socializing, entertaining and engaging with those around me. I enjoy the art of telling stories; raw truths, unrealistic wishes and just being a voice to the voiceless."

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Olwethu Rani

Second-year BSocSci majoring in Politics, Gender Studies and Media and Writing at UCT

"I am a passionate black woman who strives to contribute to the progressive change of my community. When I complete my studies, I’d like to use writing, communication, and entrepreneurial thinking to empower and make a difference in the lives of the marginalised in my country."

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