Facing apartheid today
Hear from a diverse panel of speakers as they speak to the history, lived experience, contemporary aftermath and continued global impact of apartheid.
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Inspired by our current exhibition David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018, this panel discussion opens a conversation about what has changed since the fall of apartheid in South Africa 24 years ago and how new forms of apartheid exist today.
Moderated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, the panel will be joined by Professor Andrea Durbach (UNSW Law), journalist Anton Enus (SBS), Mahammed Junite, member of Amnesty International Refugee Advisory Group and author Sisonke Msimang.
About the Speakers
Professor Andrea Durbach was born and educated in South Africa where she practised as a political trial lawyer and human rights advocate. After leaving South Africa in 1989, she has worked as a public interest lawyer in Sydney and was Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre in the UNSW Faculty of Law from 2004–2017. In 2013, Andrea was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia.
Anton Enus is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his career at the South African national broadcaster SABC as a radio news reporter, and then moved on to become a parliamentary reporter, current affairs producer, TV news reporter and TV presenter, often anchoring the morning news show Good Morning South Africa. In Australia, Anton is best known for his work on SBS World News Bulletin, where he has been presenting the news since 1999.
Mahammed Junite is a member of Amnesty International's Refugee Advisory Group. Mahammed is a Burmese Rohingya who left Myanmar and the repressive policies that restricted his access to movement, education, health care and other basic rights. Amnesty International has defined these policies as modern day 'apartheid'. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, majoring in Structural Engineering.
Sisonke Msimang was born in exile to South African parents – a freedom fighter and an accountant – and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada before studying in the United States as an undergraduate. Her family returned to South Africa after apartheid was abolished in the early 1990s. She is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home. Her work focuses on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications. She now lives in Perth, Australia, where she is head of oral storytelling at the Centre for Stories.
Presented in collaboration with Amnesty International
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