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Former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson dies

2012-12-01 16:17

Cape Town - Former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson has died, it was reported on Saturday.

Chaskalson was appointed as democratic South Africa's first Chief Justice by President Nelson Mandela in 1994.
 
Chaskalson acted as defence counsel in a number of important political trials during the apartheid era, including the Rivonia trial.
He retired in 2005.

President Jacob Zuma honoured Chaskalson's service to the country.

"Arthur Chaskalson's life embraced a courageous role in the fight against apartheid, in our negotiated transition and the shaping of our constitutional democracy as well as in the building of our post-apartheid society based on reconciliation, reconstruction and a South African nationhood.

"As the first President of our Constitutional Court he leaves a special imprint on the building of a united, non-racial, non-sexist constitutional democracy. On behalf of all South Africans we reach out to his wife and family as we salute a life inseparable from South Africa's march to freedom," Zuma said.
 

Comments
  • mashavha - 2012-12-01 16:32

    What a legend,rest in peace big guy

  • zwelithini.gagayi - 2012-12-01 16:34

    Rest in peace tata, South Africa will remember you.

  • xolani.maqoma - 2012-12-01 16:37

    My his rest in peace

  • Muziwakhe - 2012-12-01 16:38

    What a loss to the Justice system and SA as a whole. May his soul rest in peace.

  • nhlanhla.petro2 - 2012-12-01 16:38

    Rest in peace sir Arthur

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-01 16:39

    Sad day indeed!

  • gavin.brown.1654 - 2012-12-01 16:41

    Hamba gahle Oubaas. One of only a handful of South Africans who REALLY made a difference. Fear not the pearly gates - they have a special entrance for men like this !

  • nomasonto.rametse - 2012-12-01 16:43

    Robala ka khotso, Qhawe la ma Qhawe!! Your comitment to freedom, equality, peace, justice and democracy will continue to be an inspiration for us.

  • nomasonto.rametse - 2012-12-01 16:48

    Robala ka kgotso, Qhawe la ma Qhawe! Your commitment to equality, justice, democracy and peace will continue to be an inspiration to us for a better future for our country.

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-01 16:49

    May his soul rest in peace! so be it.

  • thabiso.mmoledi.77 - 2012-12-01 16:59

    ...one of the brilliant minds the Country has ever had. As we a faced with chaos within the legal fraternity emanating from the brouhaha caused by the Info Bill,the Learned Judge would have stood his ground by striking that Bill out of our Courts. Dr Chaskalson's judgments shall,forever,be embedded in us. We are greately and profoundly impacted by those brilliant sons of our soil that history shall judge us otherwise. As protegees of this human rights lawyer,we are at a loss. His death and that of Professor Gerwel signal the challenges that continue to engulf our young democracy that is plaqued by Corruption and Crime on a daily basis. May those who are deeply touched by their passing(Gerwel and Chaskalson),remain strong. Oh,glory be to God!

  • slick.hounder - 2012-12-01 16:59

    As is said...." At the going down of the sun and in the morning, I/we shall always remember him".. RIP old friend, a irreplaceable friendship of 38 years which a mere thank you for, will never suffice. May your journey to the great unknown be surrounded in glory,happiness and safety reserved for people like you. Sincere condolences to your family.

  • thabiso.mmoledi.77 - 2012-12-01 16:59

    ...one of the brilliant minds the Country has ever had. As we a faced with chaos within the legal fraternity emanating from the brouhaha caused by the Info Bill,the Learned Judge would have stood his ground by striking that Bill out of our Courts. Dr Chaskalson's judgments shall,forever,be embedded in us. We are greately and profoundly impacted by those brilliant sons of our soil that history shall judge us otherwise. As protegees of this human rights lawyer,we are at a loss. His death and that of Professor Gerwel signal the challenges that continue to engulf our young democracy that is plaqued by Corruption and Crime on a daily basis. May those who are deeply touched by their passing(Gerwel and Chaskalson),remain strong. Oh,glory be to God!

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-01 17:00

    Rest in peace Your Lordship, Justice Arthur Chaskalson. It is such a pleasure and enlightening to read judgments you penned during your lifetime. You were the finest jurist ever. Now the pearly gates are wide opened to welcome you.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-12-01 17:05

    Is that a one handed Judge?

      nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-12-01 17:32

      I think you refer to Judge Albie Sachs, who lost an eye and an arm in a letter bomb attack - If I understand you correctly.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-01 17:37

      You may be thinking of the Concourt Judge Albie Sachs, who lost an arm and eye in a bomb attack in 1988.

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-12-02 06:17

      No. Two handed

  • bryan.culross - 2012-12-01 17:12

    If Chakalson was still CJ he wud put no doubt play a role in putting the guy that is now honouring him behind bars

  • nmunyai - 2012-12-01 17:13

    RIP Sir!

  • rjledwaba - 2012-12-01 17:17

    Oh may your soul Rest In Peace your Lordship

  • butinyana.tjamela - 2012-12-01 17:30

    May his soul RIP we will remember your fairness when coming to law and we will remember you like other fallen hero's.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-12-01 17:32

    A good age (81?) a life filled with good deeds, rest in peace, you have left a legacy.

  • mondli.botha.9 - 2012-12-01 18:10

    He lived his life to the fullest and achieved the apex of his potential. I am sure exceeded his own expectations by far. Another great man with a great mind. RIP Chief.

  • steve.luckie - 2012-12-01 18:26

    Arthur will be solely missed!!

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-12-01 18:39

    A true son of the soil......go well my fellow cadre!!

  • sutadi1970 - 2012-12-01 18:40

    A Jewish legend leaves us ..Shalom!

  • sutadi1970 - 2012-12-01 18:45

    ????? Arthur!

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-12-01 19:00

    SA cannot afford to loose its intellectuals at this rate in one week. First it was Prof. Gerwel and now Judge Chaskalson! May their souls rest in peace and the citizens of this country need to take a leaf from these two icons by practising good principles in making our country a better place to live for all irrespective of colour, gender, religion and creed! Aluta Continua!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-01 20:10

      There are seemingly none *now* to fill their shoes. Time passes for all men. To see giants go and not know/see that there are any able or willing to take their place, reduces everything they did or stood for.

  • Mandla - 2012-12-01 19:49

    All condelences to the man of dignity,respect n who promoted de principle of Audi alterem partem.

  • danita.renecle - 2012-12-01 20:31

    Thank you for all you have done in this life for us all RIP Bless you

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-12-01 20:33

    RIP Judge Chaskalson!! Your legacy will live on!

  • willem.wulfse - 2012-12-01 20:36

    Why the thumbs down? The man has passed away.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-02 06:17

      @Willem.Wulfse.)I was shocked to see all our messages of condolences with thumbs down. Maybe it express the sick society we have descended to, no respect even for the dearly departed.

  • siegfried.hannig1 - 2012-12-01 21:08

    It is of huge significance that less than a month before his death, the gravely ill Justice Arthur Chaskalson took pains to warn SA against the Legal Practice Bill's "measures calculated to erode" the independence of our legal professions. In a speech on 9 November, Chaskalson described the Bill as one of various ANC steps towards the "erosion of rights and checks and balances". Why have we never heard a similar warning from the loathsome Black Lawyers Association which supports the ANC's shameless subversion of the Constitution and the Rule of Law?

  • siegfried.hannig1 - 2012-12-01 21:10

    Here is Chaskalson's speech of 9 Nov. 2012. Read it and be ashamed of our corrupt ANC government: http://www.lrc.org.za/images/stories/Papers/2012_11_12_The_Rule_of_Law_-__The_importance_of_independent_courts_and_legal_professions_-_By_Arthur_Chaskalson.pdf

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-01 22:56

    Serious JZ? Non racial? Sies maar jy lieg mos nou

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-12-02 10:01

    May his soul rest in peace a distinguished South African will always remember you as your work has been seen by everyone.

  • winston.ncube.5 - 2012-12-02 11:46

    a paragon of virtue, who shall be sadly missed and be remembered with fondness. you were one of a kind and a beacon of hope!

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