1. It is difficult to pay tribute to a person of the Deputy Chief Justice’s calibre. Dikgang Moseneke’s retirement as a Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court marks a long walk from being a teenage prisoner for political reasons to being Deputy Chief Justice. At only 65 his journey is not over judging by the energy he exudes and the continued brilliance of his mind.
2. As a founding member of the Black Lawyer’s Association (BLA) and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL); NADEL wishes to pay tribute to a true leader in all endeavours that he has undertaken in life.
3. On the occasion of NADEL’s Annual General Meeting of 20 November 2010; Moseneke paid tribute to the late former Chief Justice, Pius Nkonzo Langa and former President of NADEL by stating the following:
4. To address you directly DCJ, your own long walk to the freedom that you fought for and which our constitution promises, is not yet over. We know that your passion for the struggle to achieve the full realisation of the basic rights of our Constitution affords the poor and marginalised among us will continue to drive you beyond retirement as a Judicial Officer. We look forward to more freedom fighter, political prisoner esteemed lawyer, businessman, judge and leader of the judiciary.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS (NADEL), SOUTH AFRICA.