Former chief judge was a communist

SACP SADDENED BY THE NEWS OF THE PASSING AWAY
OF ARTHUR CHASKALSON
The SACP has learned with great sadness of the passing
away earlier today of the former Chief Justice and the first
President of the Constitutional Court, Arthur Chaskalson. An
outstanding jurist, highly respected by the legal fraternity, he
combined an acute legal mind with a deep passion for
social justice and transformation.
It is a lesser known fact that Chaskalson was a member of
the underground SACP in the difficult years of the 1960’s. He
represented the SACP at the CODESA negotiations in the
early 1990’s.
As the first President of the Constitutional Court, and later
Chief Justice, Chaskalson played an absolutely key role in
giving substantive transformational meaning to our 1996
Democratic Constitution. As the SACP we are proud of our
association with this outstanding South African.
Let us honour Arthur Chaskalson by taking forward the task
of advancing, deepening and defending our Constitutional
democracy based on the principles of social solidarity and
dignity for all.
The SACP conveys its condolences to the family and friends
of Arthur Chaskalson
Statement issued by the South African Communit Party,
December 1 2012

Source: politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=344337&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389

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