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The Resource We, the people : insights of an activist judge, Albie Sachs

We, the people : insights of an activist judge, Albie Sachs

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We, the people : insights of an activist judge
Title
We, the people
Title remainder
insights of an activist judge
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Albie Sachs
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Language
eng
Summary
This stirring collection of essays and talks by activist and former judge Albie Sachs is the culmination of more than 25 years of thought about constitution-making and non-racialism. Following the Constitutional Court{u2019}s landmark Nkandla ruling in March 2016, it serves as a powerful reminder of the tenets of the Constitution, the rule of law and the continuous struggle to uphold democratic rights and freedoms. We, the People offers an intimate insider{u2019}s view of South Africa{u2019}s Constitution by a writer who has been deeply entrenched in its historical journey from the depths of apartheid right up to the politically contested present. As a second-year law student at the University of Cape Town, Sachs took part in the Defiance Campaign and went on to attend the Congress of the People in Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. Three decades later, shortly after the bomb attack in Maputo that cost him his arm and the sight in one eye, he was called on by the Constitutional Committee of the African National Congress to co-draft (with Kader Asmal) the first outline of a Bill of Rights for a new democratic South Africa. In 1994, he was appointed by Nelson Mandela to the Constitutional Court, where he served as a judge until 2009. We, the People contains some of Sachs{u2019} most memorable public talks and writings, in which he takes us back to the broad-based popular foundations of the Constitution in the Freedom Charter. He picks up on Oliver Tambo{u2019}s original vision of a non-racial future for South Africa, rather than one based on institutionalised power-sharing between the races. He explores the tension between perfectability and corruptibility, hope and mistrust, which lies at the centre of all constitutions. Sachs discusses the enforcement of social and economic rights, and contemplates the building of the Constitutional Court in the heart of the Old Fort Prison as a mechanism for reconciling the past and the future. Subjective experience and objective analysis interact powerfully in a personalised narrative that reasserts the value of constitutionality not just for South Africans, but for people striving to advance human dignity, equality and freedom across the world today
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UkCbUP
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1935-
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Sachs, Albie
Dewey number
322.420968
Index
index present
LC call number
KTL110.S23
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Law
  • Post-apartheid era
  • Anti-apartheid activists
  • South Africa
  • Sachs, Albie
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We, the people : insights of an activist judge, Albie Sachs
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 09 May 2018)
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781868149995
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 349 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781868149995
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
Label
We, the people : insights of an activist judge, Albie Sachs
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 09 May 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781868149995
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 349 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781868149995
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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