‘Library Friends’ to host emeritus professor

2016-10-04 06:00
Friends of the Kloof Library will be hosting Professor George Devenish as guest speaker at their next meeting. Photo: supplied

Friends of the Kloof Library will be hosting Professor George Devenish as guest speaker at their next meeting. Photo: supplied

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THE Friends of the Kloof Library will be hosting Professor George Devenish on Wednesday 12 October at 6pm in the Kloof Junior Primary School Hall. His talk will be about the making of the Interim South African Constitution.

Professor Devenish is an emeritus professor and senior research associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is an external examiner for Masters’ and Doctoral thesis at Unisa and moderate examination papers for the University of Walter Sisulu and UKZN.
Besides writing case notes and articles for law journals he reviews books for the SA Law Journal. He also publishes letters and op-eds for daily and Sunday newspapers in South Africa on constitutional and political issues.

Before his partial retirement he was appointed Professor of Public Law and Head of the Department of Public Law at UKZN.
He has had a number of books published including A Commentary on the South African Constitution and A Commentary on the South African Bill of Rights.
In 2000 this last book - A Commentary on the South African Bill of Rights - was awarded the University book prize. In 2001 he was awarded an LLD by the University of Natal for his published works.

In 1992 Devenish was appointed a political and constitutional adviser to working group two of Codesa, which formulated the constitutional principles, and in 1993 he was appointed to the technical committee on constitutional issues that drafted the Interim Constitution. and was therefore one of the eight scholars who drafted the Interim Constitution of 1993.
In 1995 he assisted in an official capacity as a legal adviser, together with Professors Govender and Dhlamini, in the drafting of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Constitution. His other academic interests are inter alia race relations, theology and South African and international politics.

Tickets for the talk will be available from Kloof Library at R50 for non-members or R35 for members.

The Interim Constitution was the fundamental law of South Africa from the first non-racial general election on 27 April, 1994 until it was superseded by the final Constitution on 4 February 1997.

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