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THE youth of the country now have the chance to get a better insight into the life and incredible struggles of retired judge Dikgang Moseneke.
Former Deputy Chief Justice and Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Pretoria donated his private collection of books, artifacts and journals to the University’s Oliver R Tambo Law Library .
According to the university, the donation includes other items such as Judge Moseneke’s Robben Island security record, annotated private law reports, photographs and rare works of art from his personal, political and judicial career, as well as rewards, scrolls and major trophies.
This collection will be hosted in the “Dikgang Moseneke Research Commons” which will be built in the Law Library.
“All of these books and journals have been my private collections since my time as a practicing lawyer, junior and senior judge, and associate chief justice of South Africa.
“It is in a way the university to want these collections to be part of a cultural district within the library, to be shared with the young people of our country and the UP community in general,” Judge Moseneke told university when the collection is handed over. .
“When you retire, you can hardly find a greater honor than the people who seek to remember your contributions throughout your life.
“This normally happens when you are deceased, but while I am still alive the University of Pretoria has given me the immense privilege of creating a heritage space containing a number of memorable elements related to my career, who can talk to young people about our long struggles for freedom and change in our country.
The icon has worked for social justice, the liberation of Africa and the eradication of inequalities in the country during his years of practice as a lawyer and judge.
“I have fought most of my battles against the apartheid government in Pretoria, and now that there is a transforming university in this city, I am proud to be a part of the process.
“This university has become a place of values for which we have fought, and these values are lived,” he said.
Professor Charles Maimela, vice-dean of the university’s faculty of law, said they were touched by this generous gesture and looked forward to working with Moseneke.
“Our law students will benefit greatly from these private collections of the former Associate Chief Justice, as these documents will only be stored at our university, which will attract students from across the country and around the world to come and see and read what Moseneke used while practicing as an academic and judge, ”Maimela said.
He said these collections would also improve the research productivity of faculty and UP and inspire students.
“We plan to deepen our collaborations with Dr. Moseneke and look forward to formulating this relationship with him, to ensure that his legacy continues for the next generation. We are going to have a number of initiatives with him in the future in order to learn from this great giant.
The university said its law school will undertake a project to honor and celebrate Moseneke’s legacy through other strategic and community engagement initiatives that will be announced in due course.