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Pius Langa

Pius Nkonzo Langa

Former Chief Justice of South Africa

Born 25-03-1939 in Bushbuckridge

Deceased 24-07-2013 (74 years old) in Johannesburg

Pius Langa was Chief Justice of South Africa. He was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in June 1977. He served as Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Chair of the Henk van Andel Bursary Trust. Langa once worked in a shirt factory from 1957 to 1960.

Business Address

33 Hoofd St, Braampark, Bloemfontein, 2017

Professional details

Previous Position(s)

Honorary Professor | Department of Procedural and Clinical Law | University of KwaZulu-Natal
Kwazulu Natal | 1998

Academia, Education and Training

Deputy President | The Constitutional Court of South Africa
Johannesburg | November 1997 - 2001

Law Practice and Legal Services

Senior Counsel | Natal Bar
Durban | January 1994

Law Practice and Legal Services

Magistrate | Department of Justice | Government of South Africa
Ndwedwe | 1975 - 1977

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Distinguished Visiting Professor | Southern Methodist University
Dallas, South Africa

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


University of the Western Cape

Awarded in 2001

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Rhodes University

Awarded in 2008

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of South Africa

Doctor of Laws degree - Honoris Causa

Yale University

Doctor of Laws degree - Honoris Causa

National University of Ireland

Doctor of Laws degree - Honoris Causa

North Eastern University

Doctor of the Public Service - Honoris Causa

University of South Africa

Completed 1973

B. Iuris

University of Zululand

Awarded in 1997

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of South Africa

Completed 1976

Bachelor of Law

University of Cape Town

Awarded in 2001

Honorary Doctor of Laws



Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award for Service to Justice | 2006

Peter Gruber Foundation's Justice Prize | 2004

Black Lawyers Association Award for the Advancement of Justice and Human Rights

Order of the Baobab in Gold | 2008

Exceptional service in law, constitutional jurisprudence and human rights

Honorary LLD's | University of the Western Cape

International Service Award of the Judicial Council of National Bar Association



Permanent Court of Arbitration


National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL)

Founding Member & President, 1988 - 1994

Steering Committee

Member, 1987 - 1988

Human Rights Commission


South African Legal Defence Fund

Founding member

Legal Resources Trust


Centre for Applied Legal Studies


Democratic Lawyers Association


Fundani Trust


Clermont Women's Organisation


Commission Inquiry: Meiring Report


Commission of Inquiry into unrest in Prisons


Constitutional Committee of the African National Congress


Release Mandela Committee (Natal)

Founder Member

United Democratic Front


University of Natal's Centre for Socio-legal Studies

Board Member

Centre for Development Studies


Community Legal Services Unit


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