Retired Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs was on Thursday night put through his paces by the TAC’s Zackie Achmat and cartoonist Zapiro over remarks allegedly made about freedom of expression during a speech in Durban.
Sachs was speaking at UCT on Thursday, where he presented a talk titled “Great Text/Big Questions”. The speech was centred on addressing moral tensions around freedom of expression, with reference in particular to some controversial cartoons by Zapiro.
According to Achmat and Zapiro, Sachs apparently expressed strong views about how writers and cartoonists should go about opening debate relating to politicians and the country’s issues.
He is further believed to have said that the cartoon of President Jacob Zuma “raping justice” had been deeply offensive to black people and black men.
But Sachs apparently changed his speech in Cape Town, said Achmat.