The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is saddened at the passing of struggle veteran and human rights lawyer, advocate George Bizos yesterday, 9 September 2020 at the age of 92.
Advocate Bizos died peacefully at home of natural causes, attended to by family.
‘Advocate Bizos who is best revered for his role in representing the Rivonia trialists, Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki and Walter Sisulu, was a humble valiant fighter, a moral compass and guiding light in our country. His wisdom and presence will be missed. He was also one of the authors of the South African Constitution’, says LSSA President, Mvuzo Notyesi.
Advocate Bizos was born in 1927 in Greece. He and his father arrived in South Africa in 1941 as World War II refugees.
Advocate Bizos also represented the families of the late former South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani and anti-Apartheid activist Steve Biko at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in the 90s.
Mr Notyesi added: ‘Advocate Bizos’ activism and general contribution to the legal fraternity in South Africa is immeasurable. He was more than just a lawyer; he was a champion for human rights. His life was well lived. It was a life dedicated towards serving humanity. He did not live for himself, but lived for others, especially the oppressed. His fight for democracy and human rights will not be forgotten.’
Advocate Bizos was a gift to South Africa and the world. He was a man of courage, a man who stood for what was right, no matter what it cost him. His motivation was human rights. He was a brilliant legal mind and a brilliant human being. He is an exemplar of integrity.
We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA, MVUZO NOTYESI
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