The life and times of Pius Nkonzo Langa

 March 25 1939: Born in Bushbuckridge  1957-1960: Works at a shirt factory  1960-1976: Employed as an interpreter by the department of justice, where he elevates himself to messenger, prosecutor and then magistrate  June 1977: Admitted as advocate of the Supreme Court of SA and practises at the Natal Bar  1980s-1990s: Serves in the structures of the United Democratic Front  1988-1994: Is a founding member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and serves on the ANC Constitutional Committee  1994: Appointed to the bench of the Constitutional Court  1998: Awarded honorary professor title by the department of procedural and clinical law at the then University of Natal and is a distinguished visiting professor at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas  1998: Chairs the commission to probe the Lesotho elections on behalf of SADC  2000: Appointed as commonwealth special envoy to assist Fiji Island to return to democracy  2001: Becomes deputy chief justice  1998-2004: Serves as chancellor of the University of Natal  2004: Wins Justice Prize from the Peter Gruber Foundation in the US  2005: Elevated to chief justice of the Constitutional Court  2006: Wins Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award for service to justice  2008: Receives the Order of the Baobab in Gold for exceptional service in law, constitutional jurisprudence and human rights  August 2009: Wife, Beauty, dies  October 2009: Retires as chief justice  2010-2012: Chairs the Press Freedom Commission
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