Pius Nkonzo Langa SCOB (25 March 1939 – 24 July 2013) was previously Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Nelson Mandela, he became Deputy Chief Justice in 2001 and was elevated as Chief Justice in 2005 by Thabo Mbeki. He retired in October 2009. He died in 2013, aged 74, following a long illness.
|Chief Justice of South Africa|
June 2005 – October 2009
|Appointed by||Thabo Mbeki|
|Preceded by||Arthur Chaskalson|
|Succeeded by||Sandile Ngcobo|
|Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa|
November 2001 – June 2005
|Appointed by||Thabo Mbeki|
|Succeeded by||Dikgang Moseneke|
|Deputy President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa|
August 1997 – November 2001
|Preceded by||Ismail Mahomed|
(as Deputy Chief Justice)
Pius Nkonzo Langa
25 March 1939
Bushbuckridge, Transvaal, South Africa
|Died||24 July 2013 74) (aged|
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
|Relations||Bheki Winston Joshua Langa (brother) Mandla Langa (brother) Thandekile Mncwabe (wife)|
|Alma mater||University of South Africa|
He worked in a shirt factory from 1957 to 1960 but then found employment as an interpreter and messenger for the Department of Justice. He worked his way up to serving as a prosecutor and a magistrate. He was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in June 1977, practised at the Natal Bar and attained the rank of Senior Counsel in January 1994. He was a founding member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and a member of the African National Congress Constitutional Committee, where he worked on its draft bill of rights, which later formed part of Chapter Two of the Constitution of South Africa.
When the Constitutional Court of South Africa was established with the advent of a post apartheid constitutional and democratic era in 1994, Justice Langa was appointed together with ten others as the first Judges of the new Court. He became its Deputy President in August 1997 and, in November 2001, assumed the position of Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa. He was appointed as the country’s Chief Justice and head of the Constitutional Court with effect from June 2005 until his retirement in October 2009.
Honours and awards
In April 2008 Justice Langa was awarded the Order of the Baobab in Gold for "his exceptional service in law, constitutional jurisprudence and human rights."
- "Constitutional Court of South Africa - Judges". Constitutionalcourt.org.za. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "Pius Langa dies aged 74". News24. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "Pius Langa profile at Who's Who SA". Whoswho.co.za. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Roux, Thunis (2013). The Politics of Principle: The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995–2005. Cambridge University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-107-32839-6.
- "National Orders awards". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Transformative Constitutionalism and Socio-Economic Rights Video of lecture by Chief Justice Pius Langa for the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Oxford
- Article about Langa
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