Why V.C.R.A.C Crabbe refused to shave for more than 60 years
Many do not really know the story behind the legendary beard of former Supreme Court judge Former Supreme Court Justice Professor Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles (V.C. R. A. C.) Crabbe who died on Friday, September 7, 2018.
He will be laid to rest today October 4, 2018, and as a Masonry, his colleagues in the fraternity are expected to be in full attendance to perform the last rituals to bid him farewell as he embarks on the eternal journey.
MyNewsGh.com has been reviewing his previous interviews and interactions prior to his death and found the secret behind his beard many have little or no idea about Justice VCRAC Crabbed worked with the Constitutional Review Commission of Kenya, and was Leader of the group of Draftspersons who drafted the Zambian Constitution.
According to him in previous interviews, he was so busy working on framing a new constitution for Kenya that he had no time to shave; when he finally made the time he realized he quite liked the new look he had acquired and so he stuck to it.
Who is Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe?
He was born on 29 October 1923 at Ussher Town in Accra, Gold Coast. He was educated at the Government Junior and Senior Boys Schools in Accra and proceeded to the Accra Academy for the Cambridge Junior and Senior School Certificates. He went to London to study Economics at the City of London College Moorgate, London 1950-1952.
In August 1952, he was admitted to the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple to read Law. He completed the normal three-year course in two years and was called to the Bar on the 8th February, 1955 having being granted a dispensation.
The same year he was enrolled as a member of the Gold Coast Bar in order to maintain his Seniority at the Bar. He progressed from Assistant Crown Counsel to Parliamentary Counsel, the first African to be appointed as such and ended up as a Senior Instructor at the International Law Development Centre in Rome, Italy.
In between, he held the post of First Parliamentary Counsel and Constitutional Advisor to the Uganda Government, Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat Scheme for Legislative draftsmen for the West African Region, Southern Africa Region, the Caribbean Region and a Professor of Legislative drafting at the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, and University of West Indies.
Justice Crabbe was a Special Commissioner to the 1968 Constitutional Commission; Legislative Draftsmen to the 1969 Constituent Assembly which drafted the 1969 Constitution of Ghana. He was the Chairman of the 1979 Constituent Assembly and drafted the 1979 Constitution of Ghana.
He worked with the Constitutional Review Commission of Kenya and was Leader of the group of Draftspersons who drafted the Kenya Constitution. He worked for the Zambian Constitutional Commission, which drafted the Zambian Constitution and also with the Fiajoe Review Commission for the review of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
He worked with Justice P.N. Bhagwati, a former Chief Justice of India and Justice Eso of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to advise on the setting up of the Constitutional Court in South Africa.