Extraordinary Life: Arthur Chaskalson
Justice Edwin Cameron and Judge Lee Bozalek discuss the remarkable life of human rights champion and former chief justice Arthur Chaskalson.
Arthur Chaskalson was part of the legal team that saved former president Nelson Mandela from the gallows during the Rivonia Trial. He was the first president of South Africa's Constitutional Court from 1994 to 2001, and the country’s chief justice from 2001 to 2005.
After matriculating from Hilton College in Natal he graduated with commerce and law degrees at Wits and established a flourishing law practice, dividing his work between commercial law and representing anti-apartheid activists. In 1978 he founded the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), which offered free legal services for poor people. The LRC successfully challenged apartheid laws. Arthur Chaskalson died of leukemia at the age of 81 in 2012.
Extraordinary Lives is a biographical podcast series that celebrates the contribution that remarkable people have made on South Africa and the world. A well-known guest discusses the life of an extraordinary person who has inspired them. Extraordinary Lives is inspired by the BBC's “Great Lives” and is presented by Jonathan Ancer. It is produced by Triple World Score Media.