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Message of condolence on the passing on of Judge Arthur Chaskalson
To: The Chaslkalson Family
The South African Human Rights Commission has learnt with a deep sense of shock and sorrow of the sudden and untimely passing on of Judge Arthur Chaskalson, the first Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa after its attainment of democracy.

He is one of those South African Jurists who used their knowledge and skills to defend those who fought against apartheid as well as the poor and the marginalised when it was not fashionable to do so during those difficult days.

His unyielding commitment to the rule of law and an ardent advocate of Constitutional democracy contributed to the quality of the final Constitution of our country that is regarded as one of the best constitutions in the world.

As the Human Rights Commission we celebrate the life of this once aspirant and distinguished human rights activist, who selflessly, and until the end of his life, advocated for the culture of human rights in South Africa and the world.

While we have lost a renowned and remarkable jurist, his invaluable juridical work contained in his judgments and similar writings are a heritage that will forever remain in the hearts and minds of jurist and human rights activists for many years to come. So his spirit will remain with us for as long as we remain advocates of the rule of law and the culture of human rights.

To the Chaskalson family we send our heartfelt condolences and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

We wish you strength and courage to help you go through this difficult and challenging moment of your lives. Thank you for sharing the life of this legal and human rights stalwart with the people of South Africa and the world.

“Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow” (un).


For the South African Human Rights Commission
3rd December 2012
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