Langa to be buried in Durban

Mandla Langa says the funeral service will be open to the public.

Justice Pius Langa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The late former Chief Justice, Pius Langa will be laid to rest in Durban on Saturday next week.

Langa died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 74.

Langa became the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court in 2005 and retired in 2009. He was also chairperson of the Press Freedom Commission.

His brother, Mandla Langa, says the funeral service will be open to the public.

"We'll have a service in the church and it will most likely be the same Methodist Church where my brother's wife had a service for her funeral four years ago. It's a memorial place because that's where most of our relatives are buried."

Meanwhile, tributes from around the country continued to pour in for Langa on Thursday.

Former Constitutional Development Minister, Valli Moosa, said Langa had to fight against the entire apartheid system to become a lawyer and then a judge.

He said he rose from working in a t-shirt factory to becoming an interpreter and finally an advocate representing apartheid activists.

"It was a breed of people who were fighting against all odds in order to actually survive and practice law in a manner in which they really wanted too."

Top advocate, Jeremy Gauntlett, said as a judge, Langa always tried to help people.

"His concern was for the result of law and what would happen as a consequence of judgments."

Legal academics said Langa wrote seminal judgments that will shape South Africa's legislation for several years to come.