George Bizos: 3 interesting facts about the late human rights advocate

George Bizos: 3 interesting facts about the late human rights advocate

- Human rights lawyer, George Bizos, has passed away at the age of 92 and to honour his memory, Briefly.co.za compiled three facts about him

- Bizos represented the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mac Maharaj and Walter Sisulu in his time as a lawyer

- He appeared alongside the surviving defendants of the Rivonia Trial in a documentary film in 2017

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George Bizos was a human rights lawyer based in South Africa who campaigned against the apartheid regime. Bizos was born in Greece on 15 November, 1927 and took his last breath at his home in South Africa on 9 September, 2020.

Briefly.co.za has compiled a list of interesting facts about the late lawyer and all the good deeds he did for South Africa. Bizos is known for his work with families of anti-apartheid activists as well as being part of the team that defended Nelson Mandela during the Rivonia Trial.

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Bizos was also said to be a lifelong friend of the former president. His death was announced by current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, during an interaction with SANEF - the South African National Editors Forum.

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George Bizos: X facts about the late human rights advocate

George Bizos praises Archbishop Tutu's brave contribution to the armed struggle against apartheid, at a Memorial service for Mandela. Photo: Louise Gubb / Getty Images.
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1. He was born in Greece and faced troubles when he moved SA

According to DailyMaverick.com, Bizos arrived in SA at the tender age of 13. He was considered a refugee upon arrival to the then Union of South Africa. He arrived at a time where Afrikaans Nazi sympathisers were protesting the arrival of refugees to the country. Upon arrival he did not attend school as he could not speak or understand either English or Afrikaans.

2. He appeared in a documentary film about the Rivonia Trial

A report by iol.co.za confirmed that in 2017, at the age of 90, Bizos and a few of the other surviving defendants of the Rivonia Trial appeared in a documentary film titled Life Is Wonderful. The documentary shows interviews with Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Joel Joffe and Bizos.

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3. He represented a lot of big political names

Bizos represented a lot of anti-apartheid activists in his time as a human rights lawyer. To name a few, Nelson Mandela, Mac Maharaj, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu as well as Steve Biko and Chris Hani's families.

Earlier today, Briefly.co.za reported on the passing of Bizos and some of the messages on social media dedicated to him. George Bizos was an anti-apartheid lawyer who represented the likes of Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in the Rivonia trials.

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation executive director Neeshan Balton confirmed the stalwart's death in a tweet that read a “towering giant” had passed. South Africans flooded social media with messages as they mourned the struggle icon's death.

Many shared some of Bizos' most memorable moments and how he touched thousands of lives with his passion to fight for human rights.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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