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Perseverance Quote of the Day

Albie Sachs

Constitutional Court of South Africa

I had met Stephanie Kemp who'd been, as it turned out, in the same prison cells I'd been in, and I was asked by an attorney to defend her. She was being charged with sabotage. And I said, "Please, I can't. I identify so much." "Just go and speak to her, give her some courage. When it comes to the trial we'll get someone else." Well they did get someone else to be the senior lawyer. Meanwhile I've fallen in love with her. We didn't mention anything. We didn't touch. We just spoke about the case and a bit about her past and sense of betrayal. But we were in love across the table, and she was sentenced to some years imprisonment, released. She came out to warn me that they're coming for me again, that was my second detention. I still remember her saying, "And I was in that prison cell, and I got so angry with you because they all told me, 'Why can't you behave like advocate Sachs?' And that pompous stuff you wrote up above the cell door, 'I, Albert Louis Sachs, am detained here without trial under the 90-Day Law for standing for justice for all.' Couldn't you say it in less legal language?" And of course, even when I was writing that, I was careful not to say anything that could be used in evidence against me. I also wrote "Jail is for the birds" on top of the cell.
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