Johannesburg, Book Launch, Ismail Mahomed, Liberating the Law. South Africa’s first democratically appointed Chief Justice, the late Ismail Mahomed was a philosopher of law, a man of towering intellect. He spent his entire life in service of the law and justice, contributing significantly to laying the foundation for human rights in our country.
The Project Justice Trust with Awqaf SA has published and will be launching a biographical sketch of Chief Justice Ismail Mahomed to honour him 20 years after his passing, Awaf, through its Leaders and Legacy program, is committed to celebrating leaders in diverse areas by publishing books celebrating their contributions. The principal object of the Project Justice Trust is the advocacy and promotion of human rights through research, informal education, and training of young journalists.
Address will be followed by a panel discussion with Aneesa Mahomed, Justice Mahomed Navsa, Professor Thuli Madonsela and Professor Ziyad Motala.
“Justice Mahomed became a judge of the High Court in 1991 and was elevated to the Supreme Court of Appeal two years later. Then, after the new Constitution had come into force, he became successively Deputy President of the Constitutional Court and Chief Justice of South Africa. Add to this his judicial appointments in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia, and one may surely say that there has been no comparable career in the law anywhere in the world.”The authors and editors are Enver Surty, once Minister of Justice and Deputy Minister of Education, and Dr Q Patel a lawyer, well known and respected journalist and writer, and they must be commended for bringing to life a very distinguished but unsung hero Mahomed’s vision of a human rights culture pre-dated our transition to democracy and our Constitution can be best described as the realisation of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of millions who suffered under the yoke of oppression and who had their inherent dignity violated. We are constantly reminded of his deep love for and understanding of the law, his unmatched oratory skills, his passion and his unwavering and resilient commitment to human rights.
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