Lawyer who defended Mandela in apartheid trial, Justice Arthur Chaskalson dies

Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson

Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson

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.

News24

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