Human rights lawyer George Bizos to receive Special Official Funeral

Human rights lawyer George Bizos to receive Special Official Funeral

- The late human rights lawyer George Bizos is set to receive a special official funeral according to President Cyril Ramaphosa

- Bizos was instrumental in the fight for democracy in South Africa

- He is going to be buried on Thursday, the South African flag will be flying half-mast until the day of his funeral

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that human rights lawyer George Bizos will receive a special official funeral, he described him as one of the best legal minds in the country who fought for South Africa's democracy.

Bizos was part of the legal team that defended former president Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki and Walter Sisulu at the Rivonia Treason Trial from 1963-1964. He died peacefully in his home on Wednesday 9 September 2020 at the age of 92.

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The president has also declared that the South African flag will fly half-mast on Saturday until his funeral on Thursday. This is to honour Bizos and his contribution to the struggle in South Africa before democracy.

Human rights lawyer George Bizos to receive Special Official Funeral

Human rights lawyer George Bizos to receive Special Official Funeral according to President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Photo by Louise Gubb/Corbis via Getty Images)
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President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke very highly of George Bizos, on the day of his death the president said:

"The news of the passing of #GeorgeBizos is very sad for us as a country. An incisive legal mind and architect of our Constitution, he contributed immensely to our democracy. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and dip our heads in his honour."

Bizos has also been saluted by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) for his contribution to the ongoing work of the centre. He was also praised for his mentorship of others within the legal profession both inside and outside of the LRC.

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