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The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter

StoryOctober 25, 2000
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Yesterday we were joined by Justice Albie Sachs, South African activist and lawyer.

Thirty four years ago, Albie Sachs was a young activist lawyer, and a freedom fighter for the ANC–he was targeted by South Africa’s former apartheid regime as an enemy of the state, worthy of assassination. He was imprisoned twice without trial by South African security police, and car bombed by agents of the government security forces. The explosion took his right arm and sight in one eye.

In 1994, Sachs was appointed by South African president Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court, where he serves as a judge. With the court, Sachs helped to draft a new constitution for South Africa. Today Sachs is one of his country’s most influential judges, and writes the laws of the people.

Albie Sachs joins me again today to speak about crimes against humanity, reconciliation and rebuilding his country.

Guest:

  • Albie Sachs, a Constitutional Court Justice of South Africa and leading member of the ANC. Sachs has authored numerous books on issues of gender, the law and human rights, and has written about his experiences in the Apartheid regime in both ??The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs and ??The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter.

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