Apartheid and a ‘Common Purpose’: How 25 People Faced Execution for a Murder they didn’t Commit

The second twilight program in our 2016 Law and Literature Series, discussed the trial of the Upington 25 and the historical context that led to the highly politicised proceedings and the subsequent conviction and death sentence of 14 people in apartheid South Africa. 

Professor Andrea Durbach, solicitor for the Upington 25 and author of Upington, discussed her book in the light of her personal and political journey.

The event opened with scenes from Durbach's documentary film A Common Purpose followed by a moving discussion between Justice Chris Maxwell AC and Professor Durbach on a range of issues including the historical and present context of judicial independence, the politicisation of justice and the death penalty.

 

Our Law and Literature Series, now in its second year, invites acclaimed presenters in discussion with judicial officers to focus on a range of literary works that relate to the law and relevant social issues.  

Professor Andrea Durbach, solicitor for the Upington 25 and author of Upington

Professor Andrea Durbach, solicitor for the Upington 25 and author of Upington

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