Langa laid to rest in Dur­ban

Sunday World - - News -

PIUS Langa was an in­spi­ra­tional man, a for­mer col­league told mourn­ers at the for­mer chief jus­tice ’ s fu­neral in Dur­ban.

Langa’s ca­reer path, from fac­tory worker to one of the high­est of­fices in the coun­try, was a story of hu­man re­silience, faith and de­ter­mi­na­tion, for­mer chief jus­tice Sandile Ngcobo said yes­ter­day. “This jour­ney shaped and de­fined Langa.”

Ngcobo said Langa was com­mit­ted to hu­man dig­nity and re­spect.

He was a man of com­pas­sion, fair­ness and courage, with a great com­mand of the law. Langa’s ju­di­cial in­tel­li­gence was dis­played in his work as a chief jus­tice, Ngcobo said.

Langa had a deep re­spect for col­leagues who held dif­fer­ent views.

“Th­ese days, as our na­tion de­bates the cri­te­ria for judges and po­si­tions in high of­fice, we should take a mo­ment and look at what Langa had to of­fer.”

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma de­liv­ered the eu­logy.

“We have lost a pa­triot, a freedom fighter and an ac­com­plished ju­rist who ded­i­cated his life to mak­ing South Africa a bet­ter place for all,” he said. -

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