141pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017
The chapters in this book are based on a four-part lecture series delivered by Albie Sachs at four South African universities as part of the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation's centenary celebrations to honour Oliver Tambo's life. Sachs writes about "the years he spent working with Tambo in exile preparing for a new post=apartheid constitutional order in South Africa. He then tackles different aspects of the Constitution and ties them into the burning issues that face the country" from the preface by Linda Vilakazi
Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs (b. 1935) is a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He practiced as an advocate at the Cape Bar, defending people charged under racial statutes and security laws. After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for over five months, Albie Sachs went into exile in England, and later Mozambique. In 1988, in Maputo, he lost an arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb placed in his car exploded. He returned to South Africa in 1990, served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress, and was appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by Nelson Mandela in 1994. He retired in 2009. In 1991, Sachs won the Alan Paton Award for his book, "Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter". He is also the author of "Justice in South Africa" (1974), "The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs" (1966), "Sexism and the Law" (1979), and "The Free Diary of Albie Sachs" (2004). "The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law" (2009), also won the Alan Paton Award.