Former Constitutional Court judge Justice Albie Sachs has spoken of his sadness regarding President Jacob Zuma's fall from grace.
The struggle stalwart told Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa that his memories of the former number one are fond ones.
The pair were in exile together in Mozambique during apartheid.
I don't feel any joy at the situation in which Jacob Zuma finds himself in now. At at a purely personal historical level, he was an outstanding leader, we called him our 'chief representative' in Mozambique. He was thoughtful, he was brave.— Justice Albie Sachs, former Constitutional Court judge
However he added that Zuma must be accountable for any wrongdoing.
It's a very, very sad human story. Which is not to say he mustn't account for everything that he's done, but accounting to the courts in the ordinary way as any normal person would do.— Justice Albie Sachs, former Constitutional Court judge
Justice Sachs also spoke of his pleasure at seeing his former comrade Cyril Ramaphosa now occupying the office of President.
I feel joy and delight that Cyril Ramaphosa whom I worked with in negotiations is now at the helm I think he is an extraordinary person.— Justice Albie Sachs, former Constitutional Court judge
Listen to Justice Albie Sachs speaking about how the drafting of the Constitution and his past relationship with President Jacob Zuma
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