'Arthur Chaskalson was a lawyer but also an ethical man,' says protégé

Arthur Chaskalson: A Life Dedicated to Justice for All is a biography of Constitutional Court chief justice Arthur Chaskalson's life and his dedication to social change.

Chaskalson was key to the negotiation process during South Africa's transition.

Award-winning author and legal educator Stephen Ellmann details Chaskalson life story from the time he was an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar; founder and leader of the Legal Resources Centre; his involvement in the constitution-making process; and his term as the first Chief Justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi about Chaskalson life.

Arthur Chaskalson was a lawyer but also an ethical man and he was driven largely by ethics and there was someone else in his life, Dr Lorraine Chaskalson.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

In the book, she is described as being blunt about injustice, she was impatient about injustice wherever it manifested in the family or in society generally.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Ngcukaitobi says Chaskalson political's views changed over time from liberal to socialist.

He adds that Ellmann in the book asks what was Chaskalson moral duty when he helped Mandela evade being arrested.

Apartheid is a very funny system, it is made of laws and most of which are immoral laws. At one point we see Arthur Chaskalson helping Mandela to evade arrest and evade justice.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

As far as personal ethics were concerned, Arthur was impeccable. He would never knowingly lead false evidence even if he knew doing so would let his client free.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Listen to the full interview below...


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