Justice Moosa: South Africa’s ‘People’s Lawyer’ dies

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On Saturday, South African leaders mourned the death of one of country’s best jurist, statesman, anti-apartheid activist, and retired judge of the country’s High Court, Essa Moosa, in Cape Town.

Essa Moosa was born into a practicing Muslim family on February 8, 1936 in Cape Town. He became one of Nelson Mandela’s first lawyers. In 1998 Mandela appointed him to be a judge of the High Court of the Supreme Court in Cape Town. He was a founding and executive member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and chaired its Human Rights Committee. He was a member of the Constitutional Committee of the African National Congress (ANC), gaving logistical support to the ANC negotiation team for the establishment of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa. He also served as the Provincial Election Agent for the ANC in the region of the Western Cape for the first democratic…

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