- George Bizos, an anti-apartheid human rights lawyer, is being laid to rest today in Johannesburg, Gauteng
- He was known by many as being part of the legal team that defended anti-apartheid activists during the Rivonia Trials
- President Cyril Ramaphosa previously announced that Bizos would be having a special official funeral at which he would be delivering the eulogy
George Bizos is being laid to rest in a special official funeral which started at the Greek Orthodox Church today. His burial will be at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg. Bizos passed away on Wednesday 9 September 2020.
Bizos was 92 at the time of his death. According to reports released after his death, Bizos passed away peacefully in his home. Bizos was known for a lot of things but the most important was that he was a part of the legal team that defended Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trials.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at Bizos' funeral. Ramaphosa described Bizos as one of the best legal minds in SA. He added that Bizos contributed immensely to the attainment of democracy in SA.
There are many posts on social media regarding the funeral of Bizos. The South African government and Presidency are both tweeting about the funeral. View the feed from the funeral below:
@GovernmentZA has dedicated a specific email address for South Africans to send their condolences to the Bizos family and friends.
Previously, Briefly.co.za compiled a list of 3 interesting facts about George Bizos. George Bizos was a human rights lawyer in SA who campaigned against the apartheid regime. Bizos was born in Greece on the 15th of November, 1927.
Bizos was also said to be a lifelong friend of former president Nelson Mandela. His death was announced by the current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, during an interaction with SANEF - the South African National Editors Forum.
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.
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