Human Rights lawyer George Bizos Dies

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga|

Human Rights lawyer and anti apartheid activist George Bizos died on Wednesday 9 at his home. Bizos is best known for being part of the legal team that represented Rivonia trialists, including Nelson Mandela. Bizos assisted in the drafting of SA democratic constitution, which he then defended vigorously. He was a lifelong campaigner against the use of the death penalty, and led the team that successfully acted for the Government arguing that the death penalty was unconstitutional.

Bizos had a passion for education and was instrumental in establishing SAHETI School more than 45 years ago. He was an avid member of the work of the Committees for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, both in South Africa and in the UK.

There are many other institutions with which Bizos has been associated such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Freedom Under Law, and Lawyers for Human Rights.

Bizos is survived by his three sons and seven grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are settled and will be posted on

President Cyril Ramaphosa said Bizos contributed immensely in South Africa attaining its freedom.

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