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Parliament, in partnership with Freedom Park, is holding a Students’ Parliament on 25 July 2018. It is part of the commemoration of the centenary birthdays this year of former President Nelson Mandela and Ms Albertina Sisulu.

The students will re-enact the momentous occasion, which occurred in the National Assembly on 9 May 1994, when Ms Sisulu nominated Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as democratic South Africa’s first President.

Students from Western Cape secondary schools will play the roles of Members of Parliament, who participated in the proceedings, and the public, who witnessed them from the public gallery. Seven political parties had won enough votes in South Africa’s democratic election on 27 April 1994 – the African National Congress, the National Party, the Inkatha Freedom Party, the Freedom Front, the Democratic Party, the Pan Africanist Congress and the African Christian Democratic Party.

The Students’ Parliament aims to create awareness about Parliament’s role in reconciliation and nation building, Parliament’s processes and procedures and to reflect on current issues and provide tools for community building.

Parliament is dedicating the year 2018 to commemorating the centenary birthdays of Madiba and Ma Sisulu.