2 December 2012

South Africa: IFP President Pays Tribute to Chief Justice Chaskalson

press release

It is with shock and sadness that I have learned of the passing of Justice Arthur Chaskalson.

I knew Justice Chaskalson long before he became our Chief Justice and first President of the Constitutional Court. I will remember him as one of the leading figures in the fight against apartheid, and in our democratic era, a leading figure in our fight for justice, reconciliation and reconstruction.

The late Justice Chaskalson was, without a doubt, a heroic and courageous man who was resolutely committed to building a united nation out of all the diverse peoples of South Africa.

In his role as the first Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, he leaves a proud legacy as a defender of the Constitution, and of fundamental human rights. He made it his life's work to enable access to justice for all communities, regardless of race and creed.

South Africa has lost a brilliant legal mind and great intellectual.

He was a truly gifted individual and will be sorely missed.

On behalf of my family and the Party I lead, the IFP, we wish the Chaskalson family strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, his friends, colleagues and loved ones. May God comfort them during this difficult and painful time.



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