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  South Africa Gets 1st Black Chief Justice
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Last EditedBrandon  Jun 10, 2005 02:53pm
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News DateFriday, June 10, 2005 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCAPE TOWN, South Africa - A former shirt factory worker was handed the chief justice's robes Friday at a ceremony marking the appointment of the first black South African to head a court system assailed by allegations of racism.

President Thabo Mbeki, addressing a special Parliament session to welcome Pius Langa, said the need for transformation persists in a court system still dominated by white men more than a decade after apartheid's demise.

"I believe that the new leaders of our judiciary will help us successfully to respond to these challenges," Mbeki said.

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