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.