Archbishop Tutu presents Judge Albie Sachs with Institute for Justice and Reconciliation Award – 11 August 2010
The beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town was the site for a moving awards ceremony that saw two icons of peace and reconciliation – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Judge Albie Sachs – acknowledge each other’s contribution to South Africa’s transformation from apartheid to democracy via the difficult process of reconciliation.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu presented Judge Albie Sachs with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation’s (IJR) Annual Reconciliation Award on the occasion of the IJR’s 10th anniversary.
With Tim Modise as MC and a tribute by Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, the event highlighted Judge Sachs’ award “for realising reconciliation through his life and work”. The IJR said that despite being devastated by a bomb planted by agents of apartheid, Judge Sachs chose to “move forward, to pursue the soft vengeance of the rule of law and reconciliation”, a decision that was not taken lightly as “reconciliation was not cheap”.
The IJR concluded by saying: “We honour Albie tonight for his contribution to reconciliation, unwavering even in the face of intense personal sacrifice. As one of the principal architects of the Constitution, Albie has helped to shape a society in which the reconciliation process is firmly founded in human rights.
“The success of the urgent struggle for social justice, which requires the participation of all of us, will depend on whether this vision is taken forward or forgotten.”