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Black S. African judge who helped ease racial divide dies

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DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Judge Hassen Mall, South Africa's first black acting judge who was at the forefront of efforts to bring about racial reconciliation, died Friday, the South African Press Association reported. He was 78.

Mall, who suffered from a heart and kidney condition, was a senior member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body set up to probe apartheid-era crimes and give victims a forum to tell of their suffering.

He chaired the commission's most controversial committee, which heard amnesty applications from both those who committed crimes enforcing white rule and those trying to overthrow it.