Albie Sachs: SA almost had a president for each race group

Sachs spoke at CPUT’s Bellville campus where he presented a lecture as part of an 'In Conversation' series.

Former Constitutional Court judge Judge Albie Sachs (centre), who’s a member of the ANC, helped draft the Constitution in the early 1990s. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs says South Africa almost had a president for each race group.

Sachs was speaking at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)'s Bellville campus yesterday, where he presented a lecture as part of the institution's 'In Conversation' series.

He shared anecdotes of his interactions with late African National Congress (ANC) leaders like Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo and shared stories about South Africa's pre-democratic rule and post-1994 governments.

Sachs had the filled lecture hall in stitches when he told a story of how the former government considered electing more than one president.

"In the negotiations, the then government was pushing for three presidents, Mandela on Monday, De Klerk on Tuesday and Buthelezi on Wednesday. Seriously."

On 27 April Mandela became the first democratically elected black president in South Africa.