Albie Sachs to speak at Mensa

Justice Albie Sachs

Justice Albie Sachs, an activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa (1994 – 2009), will be the guest speaker at the Winelands chapter of Mensa South Africa’s monthly meeting, tomorrow, Thursday March 23, at 7.15pm in Somerset West.

Justice Sachs began practising as an advocate at the Cape Bar at the age of 21, defending people charged under the racial statutes and security laws of apartheid.

After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for over five months, Justice Sachs went into exile in England, where he completed a PhD from Sussex University.

In 1988, he lost his right arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb was placed in his car in Maputo, Mozambique.

After the bombing, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. When he returned home from exile, he served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress.

A prolific author, he has written several books, including The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter and The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law. His latest book is We, the People: Insights of an activist judge.

If you would like to attend the meeting as a guest, entry is free.

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