George Bizos dies at 91: SA mourns human rights advocate's death

George Bizos dies at 91: SA mourns human rights advocate's death

- Renowned human rights advocate George Bizos has passed away at the age of 91

- The stalwart represented both Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in the treason and Rivonia trials

- Tributes poured in on social media as South Africans mourned Bizos' passing

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George Bizos, the anti-apartheid lawyer who represented the likes of Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in the Rivonia trials - has sadly passed away.

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation executive director Neeshan Balton confirmed the stalwart's death in a tweet that read a “towering giant” had passed.

His post was captioned:

"@KathradaFound we are immensely saddened by the news of the passing of George Bizos. A towering giant in so many facets of our liberation struggle. Now all the Rivonia trialists are joined by the last member of their legal team. Hamba Kahle Uncle George."
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George Bizos dies at 91: SA mourns human rights advocate's death

Advocate George Bizos speaks during the official state memorial service for the late former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson on December 5, 2012. Photo: Bongiwe Gumede / Getty Images.
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South Africans flooded social media with messages as they mourned the struggle icon's death. Many shared some of Bizos' most memorable moment and how he touched thousands of lives with his passion to fight for human rights.

Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the posts.

Redi Tlhabi wrote:

"Aaah! George Bizos. How many lives you touched. Your mark on the map to Freedom is indelible. South Africa's history can NEVER be told without the echoes of your chant for freedom, justice and democracy. You are a giant tree that will never, ever fall. Rest easy. And thank you."

Mpho Letsholonyane commented:

"What a loss. A giant has fallen. I’ve admired his work for years. I remember walking into a coffee shop at Gandhi Square, after I saw him while passing by, just to greet him and he was so gracious and kind. Condolences to family and friends... #RIPGeorgeBizos."
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Meanwhile, in other news, Wenzile Madonsela Msimanga has publicly slammed the Economic Freedom Fighters as the party continues protests against Clicks.

The daughter of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and mental wellness activist says that she no longer believes in the leadership of the party. Taking to social media to revoke her support, Madonsela Msimange explained her decision:

“I publicly and permanently withdraw my support for the EFF. I still stand by the great policies of the party but the leadership no longer represents me. When someone shows you their true colours, believe them.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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