|Chief Justice of South Africa|
June 2005 – October 2009
|Appointed by||Thabo Mbeki|
|Succeeded by||Sandile Ngcobo|
|Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa|
November 2001 – June 2005
|Appointed by||Thabo Mbeki|
|Succeeded by||Dikgang Moseneke|
|Deputy President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa|
August 1997 – November 2001
|Preceded by||Ismail Mahomed|
(as Deputy Chief Justice)
|Born||Pius Nkonzo Langa
25 March 1939
Bushbuckridge, Transvaal, South Africa
|Died||24 July 2013
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
|Relations||Bheki Winston Joshua Langa (brother)|
|Alma mater||University of South Africa|
Pius Nkonzo Langa SCOB (25 March 1939 – 24 July 2013) was previously Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Nelson Mandela, he became Deputy Chief Justice in 2001 and was elevated as Chief Justice in 2005 by Thabo Mbeki. He retired in October 2009. He died in 2013, aged 74, following a long illness.
Pius Langa was born on 25 March 1939 in Bushbuckridge which is in the Transvaal Province. He obtained his law degree from the University of South Africa in 1973 and his LLB in 1976. He worked in a shirt factory from 1957 to 1960 but then found employment as an interpreter and messenger for the Department of Justice.
He worked his way up to serving as a prosecutor and a magistrate. He was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in June 1977, practised at the Natal Bar and attained the rank of Senior Counsel in January 1994. He was a founding member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and a member of the African National Congress Constitutional Committee, where he worked on its draft Bill of Rights.
When the Constitutional Court of South Africa was established with the advent of a post apartheid constitutional and democratic era in 1994, Justice Langa was appointed together with ten others as the first Judges of the new Court. He became its Deputy President in August 1997 and, in November 2001, assumed the position of Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa. He was appointed as the country’s Chief Justice and head of the Constitutional Court with effect from June 2005 until his retirement in October 2009.
Honours and Awards
- "Constitutional Court of South Africa - Judges". Constitutionalcourt.org.za. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Staff. "Pius Langa dies aged 74". News24. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "Pius Langa profile at Who's Who SA". Whoswho.co.za. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Roux, Theunis (2013), The Politics of Principle: The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995-2005, Cambridge University Press, Chapter 5.3
- Transformative Constitutionalism and Socio-Economic Rights Video of lecture by Chief Justice Pius Langa for the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Oxford
- Article about Langa
|Chief Justice of South Africa
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