The passing of retired Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro has robbed SA of a committed jurist, humanist, teacher and pioneering activist. Simultaneously, however, it gives us a rare opportunity to celebrate the remarkable life of an individual who seized every moment in her adult life for the betterment of humankind.

By the time of her untimely demise, Mokgoro, a former academic, had been retired from our apex court since 2009. She was one of the 11 founding judges at the court...

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