In 2014 CASAC once again partnered with the University of the Western Cape to host the Kader Asmal Lecture.

Trevor Manuel, former Minister of Finance delivered the keynote address.

Excerpt from his speech,

“I want to focus on the ‘role of democratic institutions of governance in promoting human rights and civil liberties’, and wish to start with a caveat – human rights and civil liberties are ends, not means. The Preamble to the constitution uses three words of two letters each to mandate the purpose of the very adoption of the constitution, “so as to”.  This mandate covers four key tasks –

“Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;

Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person, and

Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.”

For the full speech click here

Ms Margaret Stride was the inaugural recipient of this fellowship, click here for a brief overview of her experience at Trinity College, Dublin