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It is indeed ironic that it took distinguished Judge Chris Nicholson to change the political landscape of South Africa.
Nicholson's judgment in the Jacob Zuma case is indeed a profile in judicial courage.
He stood for all that is respected and admired in a great judge - patience, courtesy, wisdom and, but above all, courage.
He has become immortal in the collective memory of the legal profession because of this judgment. It does the South African judiciary and the legal profession proud.
An independent judiciary is critical to a judge's ability to deliver justice. An independent judiciary is indeed the heart and soul of the South African legal system. The ultimate source of our strength and integrity remains our commitment to judicial independence.
Nicholson deserves a place in the pantheon of great South African judges.
He completely understood the consequences of his pronouncements in the Zuma case.
He exhibited the classical judicial virtues of impartiality, prudence, practical wisdom, persuasiveness and candour.
He was probably aware of the ebb and flow of history and of the need for consistent jurisprudence and, above all, selfrestraint.
It is the duty of the judiciary to protect the innocent, to punish the guilty, to defend property and personal rights and enforce respect for the Constitution.
Farouk Araie, Benoni