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Langa remembered

Late Chief Justice Pius Langa's legacy has been hailed by the Constitutional Court.

Justice Pius Langa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has paid tribute to the late former Chief Justice Pius Langa.

Langa died late last month at the age of 74 after suffering a long illness.

Speaker of Parliament, high court presidents, retired judges and law societies reflected on the deep impact Langa had not only on the legal arena, but also on transforming society.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said South Africa must take Langa's legacy forward.

"May we all embrace, internalise and give practical expression to transformative constitutionalism as so ably articulated by Chief Justice Langa."

President Jacob Zuma, who delivered the eulogy at Langa's funeral, said the former Chief Justice used his knowledge of the law to help root out institutional apartheid in this country.

Langa was one of the first judges to be appointed to the Constitutional Court.

He served as chief justice from 2005 until his retirement in 2009.