In memory of Judge Ismail Mahomed

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Judge Ismail Mahomed provided superb leadership for the legal system, improved the delivery of justice for the people, and earned his colleagues’ admiration throughout the judiciary.

The 20-year commemoration of the late Chief Justice, Mr Ismail Mahomed refers. Ismail was a most outstanding and dedicated patriot who served our country with unswerving commitment. He stands out as a towering figure in our fearless judiciary, a first-rate legal mind and a judicial strategist par excellence, with a passion for civil liberties, a tower of strength intellectually, the author of powerful and persuasive opinions.

C.J., Mahomed, was one of the most courageous and erudite justices that the African continent has ever produced. We surely miss him. Our obvious consolation is that he has left indelible imprints and footprints on the sands of time for us to remember him continually. His death represents the end of an era of those eminent jurists who sat at the apex court and made indelible marks in the judiciary. He was a trailblazer for judicial equality, a jurist of historic stature. He was also a tenacious protector of the rule of law. His alma mater was equally reverential. He was truly a “giant’ amongst us mortals.

Ismail was purely a classical, erudite and distinguished jurist. Eloquent, brilliant and with such jurisprudential sagacity of a rare breed he was an epitome of judicial uprightness.

He was referred to as a titan of the law throughout his storied career, and his powerful dissents were breath-taking a long legal career he was a beacon of justice, which embodied brilliance and goodness. He became an icon with his towering intellect and devotion to our promise of equality, a relentless defender of justice in our country and a legal mind for the ages. He served our nation with a deep reverence for the law and our Constitution.

His contributions to our constitutional law and jurisprudence are unrivalled. He provided superb leadership for the legal system, improved the delivery of justice for the people, and earned his colleagues’ admiration throughout the judiciary.

He led the judicial branch of government with tremendous skill and wisdom. He honoured his country with a lifetime of service, and this country will honour his memory, he was “Our own Lord Denning.” His indomitable conviction and fierce intelligence left a lasting imprint on the legal landscape he helped transform. He made us adhere more closely to the hope, if not always the truism, that Our country was a nation of laws, not men.

Those who knew him respected his intellectual honesty, dazzling brilliance, and overpowering, a nice warm and charming personality.

His commitment to the rule of law was total. He left us something to emulate, decipher and make marks on in our life experiences to make this country better.

Judge Ismail Mahomed’s death was a massive loss to the law profession and of course, our dear country. He was a great mentor and seemingly fixed like the Northern Star. We thank Almighty God for his life and times. May his profound soul rest in perfect peace. He was truly a perennial symbol of individual excellence. His unparalleled legacy and impact will never be forgotten. His legal mind and dedication to justice has left an indelible mark on our land.

By Farouk Araie.