Famend human rights activist and lawyer George Bizos has died.
Ahmed Kathrada Basis govt director Neeshan Balton tweeted “towering big” had fallen.
His household stated when contacted they’re getting ready a press release.
“We’re immensely saddened by the information of the passing of George Bizos, a towering big in so many aspects of our liberation battle. Now all of the Rivonia trialists are joined by the final member of their authorized staff. Hamba kahle, Uncle George,” tweeted Balton.
He died on the age of 91.
Throughout the peak of apartheid, Bizos, a training lawyer, devoted his skilled profession to the battle for human rights.
He represented Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela in each the Treason and Rivonia trials.
He additionally appeared on the Reality and Reconciliation Fee (TRC), representing households of liberation heroes akin to Steve Bantu Biko, Chris Hani and the Cradock 4, in response to SA Historical past On-line.
Throughout the celebration of late anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada’s 89th birthday in 2018, Bizos known as on South Africans to espouse the values of non-racialism as enshrined within the structure that Mandela and the likes of Kathrada had fought for.
“In our structure it’s acknowledged that South Africa belongs to all who reside in it. There’s a tendency just lately which can have an effect on this ideally suited negatively as a result of there’s a small group of South Africans who say Mandela betrayed South Africa within the structure when he stated South Africa belongs to all who reside in it,” he stated.
“There may be even a smaller group of people that say that there are people who find themselves not South Africans however individuals from outdoors the nation, and this contains sure religions.
“South Africa belongs to all who reside in it and we should all help it. Neither you nor I are lesser South African.”
Bizos was born in 1927 in and arrived in South Africa in 1941 as a World Conflict II refugee along with his father.