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Albie Sachs: Freedom Fighter to Judge

Albie Sachs was imprisoned, tortured and almost killed for his work opposing apartheid. He was exiled but on his return to South Africa he helped write its new constitution.

Albie Sachs is a prominent figure in South Africa, a well-known fighter against apartheid, who paid for it with time in solitary confinement, exile, and hospital, after an attempt on his life. He trained as a lawyer in the 1950s, specialising in civil rights - and ended up as a judge, helping to write the new South Africa's constitution that recognised equality between blacks and whites.

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(Picture: Albie Sachs, the anti-apartheid activist. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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