Africa Rights Talk Podcast Series

In conversation with Professor Charles Maimela

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising of 1976. On June 16, 1976, thousands of black students in Soweto took to the streets to protest against the apartheid government’s decision to impose Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in schools The police responded with violence and many students were killed or injured. The day is now remembered as a symbol of the youth’s resistance against apartheid and their fight for freedom and equality. This year’s Youth Day theme was “Working together for youth development and a drug-free South Africa”.

On this episode, Africa Rights Talk speaks to Prof. Charles Maimela, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. Prof Maimela discusses the history of Youth day, the significance of its celebration in remembering the sacrifices of the youth of the 1976 Soweto Uprising for the youth of today. He emphasises the importance of youth participation in all spheres of society to facilitate their development and success in society.

Professor Charles Maimela is the youngest and the first black Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. He completed his LLB, LLM and LLD degrees through the University of South Africa. He joined the Department of Private Law in 2016 and held teaching positions at University of South Africa and University of KwaZulu-Natal before joining the University of Pretoria. Previously he was coordinating the BA (Law) programme in the Faculty of Law and was also the Editor-in-Chief of De Jure Law Journal. His area of expertise lies in Medical Law; African Customary law and Religion and Law. He has published extensively in his area (s) of research and produced a monograph titled Law and Religion in South Africa in 2019. Recently, he is the editor and contributor of the book “Technological Innovation (4IR) in Law Teaching and Learning: Enhancement or Drawback During Covid-19” 2022. The book argues that law teaching and learning using technological innovations have been positive for both academics and students during the pandemic and maps a way forward for teaching and learning post the pandemic. See link to book: https://www.pulp.up.ac.za/edited-collections/technological-innovation-4ir-in-law-teaching-and-learning-enhancement-or-drawback-during-covid-19

This conversation was recorded on 24 May 2023.

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